We gender: and so can you!

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Fine Arts
Department Modern Dance
Author Davis, Shane Bryant
Title We gender: and so can you!
Date 2017
Description The following writing is a collection of thoughts and explanations of my choreographic thesis project, which was a practice in combining two unique art forms: Drag and modern dance. In this process, I was asked, "Do you have a point of view beyond ‘Drag is good?'" My ideas revolving around my project have shapeshifted and upon reflection of my process and the resulting performance, I have found that in addition to being "good," Drag can be a powerful tool to examine our daily performances of gender. This thesis describes my creative process in combining Drag and modern dance elements, culminating in the performance of my evening-length work "We Gender: And So Can You!" I approached the art forms through the lens of an ex-Mormon invested in queer and feminist theories. I wanted to explore modern dance and Drag because I find the two art forms as transcendent and liberating of the restrictive discourse in which I was raised. Here I illustrate my identity as a repressed homosexual before I discovered both modern dance and Drag. I also investigate self-expression through modern dance. Following my discussion on modern dance, I lay out my creative process of nine performance pieces and discuss the performance at Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City on March 24, 2017.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Dance; Gender studies
Dissertation Name Masters of Fine Arts
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Shane Bryant Davis
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s6fj6xn1
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2019-04-26
Date Modified 2019-04-29
ID 1423214
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6fj6xn1
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