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A thousand mountains

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In creating a series of short dances and presenting them in a variety of informal settings, my Thesis Project examines the encounter of emotion to body movement and the transfer of feeling that occurs when movement is witnessed by a live audience. In making the dances in this series I have borrowed performance practices and structures from song-writing traditions in order to frame this body of trans-performance work. The performance of A Thousand Mountains serves as an archive of my artistic research in this vein. The dancesare not strung together to create on over-arching narrative, nor are they seeking to portray characters. They appear as distinct yet related entities. The formal dances are framed by an informal setting and by informal address from performer to audience. This encounter of formality and informality highlights the notion of shifting between states of being, acknowledges the event as a presentation of multiple events and recognizes my presence in relation to others (i.e. liveness).
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