This thesis project is comprised of two parts. The first portion contains my research surrounding Michael Bennett’s creation of A Chorus Line. I primarily focus on his choreographic methods for “The Music and The Mirror,” performed by Donna McKechnie, who originated the role of Cassie. I investigate the creative process and personal ties between Bennett, McKechnie, and A Chorus Line to gain a better understanding of how and why Cassie’s character transforms in “The Music and The Mirror.” I connect literary resources with my own choreographic analysis to enhance my understanding of the dance solo and bring attention to the relatability of Cassie’s character. My findings convey how McKechnie’s personal experiences and insight are integral to her performance.
The second part consists of movement-based research and the choreographic application of my findings, which resulted in a work titled [in]COMMON. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my work was not performed, but the rehearsal process allowed me to bring many ideas to fruition. My intent was to create an authentic representation of genuine human character and exhibit scenarios of everyday life through movement. My choreography explores arbitrary moments that are relatable to the personal experiences of both the performers and audience members. How can an insignificant moment be made significant? [in]COMMON develops new pathways of perspective, which enhance and challenge the connections between human character, experience, and action.