Theatre & Dance ETDs

Publication Date

7-11-2013

Abstract

In the world of dance, choreographers face a divide between creating choreographed works which fulfill the artistic vision of the artist and creating works which can engage the widest audience base. What are the elements that make choreography either artistic, or commercial? To research this I I looked at what other authors have to say on the idea of artists working and creating within a capitalist free-market economy. I also look specifically at how the pioneers of modern dance approached the creation of their work in a culture that did not yet have an understanding of dance as art. Finally I detail how this research influenced the ways in which I created Heritage Journey, my MFA in Dance Dissertation Concert.

Degree Name

Dance

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Encinias-Sandoval, Eva

First Committee Member (Chair)

Jewell, Donna

Second Committee Member

Santos Newhall, Dr. Mary Anne

Third Committee Member

Markle, Dr. Thomas

Language

English

Keywords

dance, choreography, choreographer, audience engagement, entertainment, art, economy, performance

Document Type

Dissertation

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