Presenter Information

Sierra Tinhof

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Dance, Tanztheater, Integrated Arts

Abstract

This presentation will allow the audience to experience a four-minute work of original choreography performed live, as well as a seven-minute presentation on both the artistic and choreographic process of its creation. This dance was originally created for PED 301 Choreography, which teaches an integrated arts method of creating original dances. My dance is in the style of Tanztheater or “dance theatre,” which blends elements of both concert dance and dramatic performance to create a multifaceted work of art. In this work, titled A Prayer for Purpose, I have explored the artist’s life; specifically, the struggle to create art of a meaningful and lasting nature which touches the hearts of the audience. Inspired by the charcoal sketch titled Self Portrait by 20th century German artist, Käthe Kollwitz, and Emily Dickinson’s poem “If I can stop one heart from breaking,” I created the dance by drawing out significant images and ideas from these works as well as my own artistic journey to generate a basic phrase of movement. By augmenting this basic phrase using the choreographic devices learned in the course, the four-minute dance that is A Prayer for Purpose was born.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Fullmer, Crystal

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School and Public Health

Additional Mentoring Department

Dance

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May 15th, 12:20 PM May 15th, 12:40 PM

A Prayer for Purpose

SURC Ballroom A

This presentation will allow the audience to experience a four-minute work of original choreography performed live, as well as a seven-minute presentation on both the artistic and choreographic process of its creation. This dance was originally created for PED 301 Choreography, which teaches an integrated arts method of creating original dances. My dance is in the style of Tanztheater or “dance theatre,” which blends elements of both concert dance and dramatic performance to create a multifaceted work of art. In this work, titled A Prayer for Purpose, I have explored the artist’s life; specifically, the struggle to create art of a meaningful and lasting nature which touches the hearts of the audience. Inspired by the charcoal sketch titled Self Portrait by 20th century German artist, Käthe Kollwitz, and Emily Dickinson’s poem “If I can stop one heart from breaking,” I created the dance by drawing out significant images and ideas from these works as well as my own artistic journey to generate a basic phrase of movement. By augmenting this basic phrase using the choreographic devices learned in the course, the four-minute dance that is A Prayer for Purpose was born.