Metamorphosis: radically imagining the body through collage and the grotesque

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Fine Arts
Department Modern Dance
Author Shir, Allison
Title Metamorphosis: radically imagining the body through collage and the grotesque
Date 2016
Description This thesis focuses on metamorphosis, defined as a dynamic state of in-betweens, the meeting point of the paradoxical and absurd, a junction where extreme opposites may coexist. It is a constant collage of isolated and alienated parts that have been ripped, cut, and torn and then reorganized into a new state and transformed. I was led to this research by a personal history of migration and fragmentation, and feeling trapped inside the limits of my own body. Through choreographing solos designed for my physique and capabilities, I began seeing possibilities. My thesis research began with embodying the state of metamorphosis through solo physical practice (dance improvisation and investigative choreographic exercises), and continued through the creation of two new dance pieces set for female dancers - a solo, Clay Passerine, and a trio, In/To(o) Parts. The supporting theoretical context for my research of metamorphosis lies within visual art and literature through the lens of collage and the grotesque body. By embracing metamorphosis as a process of growth and change, as well as a state of in-betweens, I have sought to deepen aesthetic and physical possibilities of dance performance and choreography by challenging ideals, embracing distortion of form, and unleashing wild imagination. This work has led me to discover a deeper understanding of myself as an artist. It redefines limitations, and has become an alternative inroad to dance and choreography for those who may want to challenge, redefine, and expand traditional notions of "beauty" and form, make sense of their own experience of alienation or "otherness," and understand who they are and their place in the world.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject art; body; choreography; dance; grotesque; paradox
Dissertation Name Master of Fine Arts
Language eng
Rights Management ©Allison Shir
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 465,222 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/4313
ARK ark:/87278/s64205dw
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2016-10-13
Date Modified 2018-03-20
ID 197858
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64205dw
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