UC Santa Cruz
Constructing A Contemporary Dance Ritual
- Author(s): Negilski, Meridian
- Advisor(s): Casel, Gerald
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The relationship between theater performance and ritual has been widely discussed in the field of performance studies. This thesis details the method by which I created a modern dance ritual based on traditional West African dance during the Winter Quarter of 2015. In it, I examine existing notions of performance as ritual, investigate the means by which a collaborative choreographic process creates ritual space, and propose a new definition of ritual that encompasses all theater performance.