Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Whose dance is this? An investigation of appropriation in 21st century contemporary dance
by Demmel, Angela M., M.F.A., Mills College, 2010, 54; 1474970
Abstract (Summary)

The 21st century has seen a paradigm shift in terms of what defines original choreography. The dance world is seeing an emerging group of contemporary choreographers who are challenging the traditional theory that one must hone one's own vocabulary and arrange it in a new way. While there are still dance makers who fit neatly into the traditional mold of generating original movement material for performance purposes, a new demographic has emerged: choreographers less interested in creating their own movement than in appropriating from outside sources.

This paper will investigate the increasing trend of dance makers turning to appropriation as their choreographic method of choice. I will discuss how the value system of the emerging Millennial Generation has permeated popular culture. This Millennial mindset coupled with easy access to dance works via online sources has generated debate regarding the notion of originality and ownership within the realm of dance making. I will provide examples of appropriation in the fields of music and visual art as well as discuss the recent impact of the Millennial value system on intellectual property rights.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Sheldon, Murphy, Ann, Haft, Nina Otis
Commitee: Haft, Nina O.
School: Mills College
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance
Keywords: Appropriation, Intellectual property right, Millennial Generation, Technology
Publication Number: 1474970
ISBN: 9781109715033
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