Thesis Concert

February 17, 2018

 

Here we are. The beginning of the end. Or the beginning of the labor. During January term, I wrote a new paper for Dance and Social Justice and started to rework my 'This is my Body. This is my Blood' solo. I also started the process of reworking the video. My thesis concert is going to be located in Art 105. I want it to be an installation. I potentially want to use the courtyard and the studio. I am imagining that we will start in the courtyard and I have this thought that I want to find a way to project the film portion of the work in the courtyard. This will require some amount of figuring out. I'm ok with that. The film is exploring my research on Christian Hegemony. This is my body. This is my blood. I am not finished with the film. I definitely don't want to keep the music! This is a start. I have a thought to connect with a film maker friend of mine and at do some filming in a natural body of water. Instead of the extended, beautiful lake/cloud video stuff, I am curious about exploring my own body in water and the semiotics of baptism from a queer theological perspective. Baptism has been a hegemonic device with violent forcing of baptism and colonization AND it is also one of the most beautiful, sensual rites of passage in the Christian tradition. So, I am interested in doing some dance film in water for this. And I want this to be projected in the courtyard, either onto the building or set up some kind of screen or shower curtain...and string lights and create ambiance. I want my thesis concert to be an immersion into the sensing body. I want the audience to be filled with Mystery and wonder and unknowing and pleasure. And I want the hegemonic exploration to exist outside the temple of belonging. And I am into the imagery of the audience crossing a threshold to enter inside. All of this needs greater fleshing out. I am just in the beginning of this work. And then inside, all I know is that I want it to be an installation. I want to take the audience into a sensorial experience. I am imagining felting a root system onto the walls and bringing living plants and life into the space. Possibly having the Christian mystical elements present. I want to dance for the sake of pleasure. I want to embody anti-normativity. I want to queer all elements of the Christian tradition that come into it, so much that it becomes something new. I don't think I want it to be linear. I wonder if I want the work to be ongoing and cyclical so that the audience can come in and out of it. I have a lot to figure out. I am newly turned on to the idea of open source works and am curious if that is something that I could work towards in the creation of my thesis concert. I want to dig into performance art. Sorry I don't have any choreography. But ...I don't know if there will be any "choreography." I do want to use a choreological methodology in the creation of this work. So, I got a lot of figuring out to do. It's play time! Research time! Holding it loosely and open to all possibilities. I'd love any thoughts, ideas of resources that come to mind! Thanks. 

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