Date of Award
Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)
Colby College. East Asian Studies Dept.
Christine M. Wentzel
Dorothy S. Reuman
After researching the effects that Eastern philosophies and art forms have had on Western choreography, I noticed that those who implement the Eastern concepts of unity of body and mind produce dances which are more than phrases of movements strung together every eight counts.
As a dancer, I have a tendency to view many dances in terms of pointed feet, straight legs, and cohesiveness of ensemble work, as opposed to seeing the actual choreography. However, when watching video tapes of some "new wave" choreography by various artists interested in East Asia, I saw the dances as whole entities.
I was keen on the flow of the movement, the use of space and time, and the general feeling and tone of the piece. I decided that this would be a major focus of mine--to create an aura of ease, lightness, and effortlessness within my piece. I realized that effortlessness is impossible to contrive, thus the movements would have to be conducive to breath support and natural pacing.
Choreography, Ch'i, Chi, Eastern philosophies
Recommended CitationMurphy, Maura, "Project in Choreography" (1987). Senior Scholar Papers. Paper 555.
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