Date of Award

2016

First Advisor

Kati Garcia-Renart

Second Advisor

Karen Beaumont

Third Advisor

Anne O'Dwyer

Abstract

This thesis is both a performance installation as well as a written document, and its main goal is to challenge the often widely-accepted centrality of written texts (books) as sources and mediums for narrative. The performance aspect of the thesis explored the communicative powers of different mediums of performance and studio arts in comparison to that of text. It contained five different components of dance, sculpture work, and apparel design. While the performance itself did not communicate as strongly to the attendees as initially desired, based on a series of responses to the performance, specific points of improvement have been noted. The written component discusses points of inspiration in a narrative format, as well as covering the performance, both artistically and academically, and the responses.

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