Performing With Intention and Crafting a Presence
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My project investigated the creation and experience of dance performance. Through interviews with professional dancers, watching dance performances, academic research, and my own performance experiences, I examined the role of the performer in presenting live modern dance to an audience. I found that the performer’s intention is perhaps the largest factor underlying what both viewers and dancers claim are “good” performances. This intention can be manifested through the performer’s approaches to space, dynamics and timing, movement texture, imagery, and focus. I also examined authenticity and the factors that contribute to its perception, including postural support for the dancer’s gestures, a sense of humanity, sympathetic resonance between the performer and the audience, the spectators’ trust in the performer, and the performer’s lack of ego. Lastly I looked into the experience of performing and found that it consists of a multi-faceted awareness of both the self as a performer and the dance work.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2014
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