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Stages

Presenter Information

Taylor Bir

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Dance, Integrated arts, Grief

Abstract

This will be a live presentation of a dance trio that was created in PED 301 Choreography. As a requirement for the project, a poem and a piece of art were selected to inspire the movement that would develop a dance. This process opened my eyes to different ways of creating a dance work. Throughout the class, we learned different tools for creating our movements; the ones that resonated most with me were speed and repetition. These inspired me because I felt those methods would really connect with the audience. I chose the poem, “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye, because when I read it I felt a special connection to the words. Once I found the poem, I chose Cornfield with Crows by Vincent van Gogh. I was intrigued by the colors, the paint strokes, and the three pathways presented. Combining all of these components I started to create my movement. Using three dancers, I began playing with the theme of grief and the different ways individuals cope with loss. The poem and artwork served as a map for my movement. As the dancers move, some travel at faster speeds representing letting go and moving forward, while one dancer remains at a slow repetitious pace representing the crippling pain of loss. In the end, all the dancers learn to accept their loss and see their time with the loved one as a blessing.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Fullmer, Crystal

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School & Public Health

Additional Mentoring Department

Dance

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May 15th, 12:40 PM May 15th, 1:00 PM

Stages

SURC Ballroom A

This will be a live presentation of a dance trio that was created in PED 301 Choreography. As a requirement for the project, a poem and a piece of art were selected to inspire the movement that would develop a dance. This process opened my eyes to different ways of creating a dance work. Throughout the class, we learned different tools for creating our movements; the ones that resonated most with me were speed and repetition. These inspired me because I felt those methods would really connect with the audience. I chose the poem, “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye, because when I read it I felt a special connection to the words. Once I found the poem, I chose Cornfield with Crows by Vincent van Gogh. I was intrigued by the colors, the paint strokes, and the three pathways presented. Combining all of these components I started to create my movement. Using three dancers, I began playing with the theme of grief and the different ways individuals cope with loss. The poem and artwork served as a map for my movement. As the dancers move, some travel at faster speeds representing letting go and moving forward, while one dancer remains at a slow repetitious pace representing the crippling pain of loss. In the end, all the dancers learn to accept their loss and see their time with the loved one as a blessing.