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Lynda Reed Sawyer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lois Andreasen

Abstract: The creative process by which an idea is transformed into the final product held a particular interest for the choreographer. In this respect, the initial motivation for the dance operated as a stepping stone from which developed successive ideas that resulted in the final form. Four general stages were found to be characteristic of the creative process experienced by the choreographer: the first, an exposure to and collection of raw materials; the second, an incubation of collected impressions in the subconscious; the third, an illumination of synthesized elements drawn from the first stage; and the fourth, a communication of implicit experiences through a symbolic form. The four sections of the dance were motivated by an interest to show growth towards self-realization of the individual. A direct relation was established in the first section between the use of stage area and the development of the personality. With the progression of the dance, as awareness of the self became increasingly more evident, so too, was the stage area expanded and integrated within the dance. Section I presented an image of complete isolation of the self by the individual. This oblivion was affected through limited space and controlled movement patterns. Section II showed an increasing awareness of the self, arousing feelings of an ambivalent nature both internally and externally. A quality of uncertainty, as well as oppression imposed by the individual, was maintained through the use of slow, sustained movements within a restricted area.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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