Publication Date

April 2014

Advisor(s)

Hari Krishnan

Major

Dance

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

My thesis will explore the constructedness of our social identities, drawing from both my American Studies and Dance majors. Specifically, I am focusing on how our constructed identities and personal histories affect our individual ways of seeing. By putting the physical body on display and in focus, live performance can challenge the perceptions and expectations the audience may have. It can also affect and interrupt the subjectivities of the performers through the cerebral and emotional process of rehearsals, and the catharsis of the culminating performance(s). Bearing this in mind, I'm considering how effectively and in what ways a dance's process and performance can act as means of resistance to socially constructed identities,

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