Publication Date

4-15-2010

Advisor(s)

Pedro Alejandro

Major

Dance

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

What is the fundamental relationship between architecture and the dancing body? This thesis explores this question by tracing an abridged history of haptic and optic perceptions of space from the body perspective and the perspective of architecture. Partnerships between dancers and architects are examined and the affect of the built performance space on new and restaged dances is considered in three case studies: The Imperial Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Judson Memorial Church in New York City in the 1960s, and Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In these case studies the visuality of performance and the social-political implications of space are discussed. Ultimately, the author considers the how to promote physical and emotional wellness in built spaces through haptic empathy and non-static visuality.

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