Presentation Title

Conviction Moves Us

Location

Guzman 202

Start Date

4-19-2018 5:00 PM

End Date

4-19-2018 5:30 PM

Department

Music, Dance and Performing Arts

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Gay Lynch, Ph.D. and Thomas Burke, MA

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Conviction has the potential to move us in ways that are beautiful beyond compare. This is to say that actions of assurance – such as the choice to believe, to refuse to settle, to stand up, to speak up, and to remain faithful – are stunning because they can catalyze movement in us and around us that creates change and connection. My choreographic work entitled Conviction explores this beauty within the individual, as well as the community. Movement is political; dance is a form of embodied understanding that reflects and creates cultural values, identity, and change. During my choreographic process I asked my dancers the following questions: What is something you love about yourself? What is something you had to learn to love about yourself? Describe a time that you stood up for someone or for yourself? What do you have a strong will about? What does it mean to be a woman? What in your life do you have a firm conviction about? How does conviction move us? The dancers' and my answers to these questions, influenced the movement and the performance, as well as my leadership style and my priorities in the choreographic process.

Key Words: Conviction, Beauty, Individual, Women, Choreography, Choreographic Process, Leadership, Movement, Performance, Dance, Individuality,Choreographer, Political, Democracy, Questions, Values, Identity, Change, Art, Artistry, Politics, Democratic/p>


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Conviction Moves Us

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Conviction has the potential to move us in ways that are beautiful beyond compare. This is to say that actions of assurance – such as the choice to believe, to refuse to settle, to stand up, to speak up, and to remain faithful – are stunning because they can catalyze movement in us and around us that creates change and connection. My choreographic work entitled Conviction explores this beauty within the individual, as well as the community. Movement is political; dance is a form of embodied understanding that reflects and creates cultural values, identity, and change. During my choreographic process I asked my dancers the following questions: What is something you love about yourself? What is something you had to learn to love about yourself? Describe a time that you stood up for someone or for yourself? What do you have a strong will about? What does it mean to be a woman? What in your life do you have a firm conviction about? How does conviction move us? The dancers' and my answers to these questions, influenced the movement and the performance, as well as my leadership style and my priorities in the choreographic process.

Key Words: Conviction, Beauty, Individual, Women, Choreography, Choreographic Process, Leadership, Movement, Performance, Dance, Individuality,Choreographer, Political, Democracy, Questions, Values, Identity, Change, Art, Artistry, Politics, Democratic/p>