Date of Award

Summer 2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Dance (MFA)

Department

Dance

Advisor

Stevie Oakes

Graduate Program Director

Mariah Maloney

Abstract

The process of creating a dance work can take a number of different forms dependent on the interests of the choreographer. However, all choreographic processes begin with an idea and develop using different analytical theories. This research explores the creative process from instinctive responses to movement, mediated via mirror neuron activation during the beginning stages of process, to the application of movement and choreographic theory before and after performance of the final work. Through the exploration of scientific information, theoretical discussion, and personal discovery in choreography this research suggests a process by which the author, and other dancemakers, create new work.

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Dance Commons

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