Becoming large enough: encompassing subjective and objective perspectives in one whole

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Fine Arts
Department Modern Dance
Author Carter, Nancy Simpson
Title Becoming large enough: encompassing subjective and objective perspectives in one whole
Date 2010-08
Description How does one resolve the disconnect when subjective and objective perspectives directly contradict each other? My research has been a quest to understand the nature of this conflict, particularly in relation to somatic work and my creative process. In reviewing somatics literature, I found that most practitioners are unaware that their work could be more effective if they addressed this issue actively. In order to offer somatics practitioners more tools for integrating these perspectives I have put forth the principles I use with my students and clients. I attempt to encompass conflicting polarities within one conceptual container by asking open questions, allowing multiple opinions, encouraging everyone to try an activity, and answering students' questions multi-dimensionally. I also watch out for polarized beliefs, avoid trying to "fix" a client, and work to balance cultural power structures. As a dance maker I have sought to harness the creative energy of conflict. When I allowed conflicting perspectives to be simultaneously true, I found that the result was a paradox. In following the paradox, I experienced creative success when I worked intuitively, rather than literally. The lessons from my research have led me to advocate journeying into the hard places in order to achieve greater clarity and more evocative art.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Choreography; Integration; Objective; Paradox; Somatics; Subjective; Movement
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MFA
Language eng
Rights Management ©Nancy Simpson Carter
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 6,109 bytes
Identifier us-etd2,159258
Source original in Marriott Library Special Collections; GV8.5 2010 .C43
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Date Created 2012-04-23
Date Modified 2017-06-09
ID 192576
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6jd5b9p