Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

America May Go To Hell: An Inquiry of Performance Art as a Form of Non-violent Political Protest and Acting Resistance in the Trump-era
by Airmet, Temria Ryan, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 39; 13899848
Abstract (Summary)

America may go to Hell is a performance art piece utilizing contemporary choreography, live poetry, and large props to address the systemic issue of racism in America. This piece is an exploration on how the arts are a form of non-violent protest to promote societal change. The work examines past narratives involving Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and Robert Kennedy’s political standing, while relating to the present generation’s set of contentions due to the current state of division in the United States. America may go to Hell engages empathetically with the audience to start a conversation about a difficult subject matter within the community that was involved in creating the work and with the community that witnessed the work. This project report documents the process and research involved in the creation and performance of America may go to Hell including, a statement of goals upon entrance into the graduate program, a thesis proposal outlining the intention of the work, a choreographic self-analysis assessing the creative process, and a current artistic statement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lemme, Rebecca
Commitee: Winder, Brooke, Dunagan, Colleen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Theater, Creative writing
Keywords: America, Dance, Performance-art, Poetry, Protest, Resistance
Publication Number: 13899848
ISBN: 9781088337387
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