Geography and choreography: how place influences dance making

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Olivia N. Meeks (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jill Green

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to use Postpositivist Interpretive research measures to uncover how lived geography affected choreographic choices. I held an interview with each of three different choreographers, who lived and presented work in multiple locations, and had a tie to North Carolina. These renowned artists are Cynthia Ling Lee, Gerri Houlihan, and Helen Simoneau. Each choreographer had a very different approach to the topic; Lee acknowledged a connection between her choreography and geography in her web-based collaborations through the Post Natyam Collective; Houlihan saw her work change only in Miami; and Simoneau was hyper-aware of regionality and the potential for place to influence her work. Other findings included themes of audience reaction, interpretation, as well as community.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Choreography, Dance, Geography, Place
Arts and geography
Houlihan, Gerri
Simoneau, Helen

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