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Date of Award

5-1-1989

Project Type

Restricted Access Thesis

First Advisor

Irena Makarushka

Abstract

This paper presents the works of two choreographers in order to explore how their creative practices reflect a concern for meaning. In discussing Martha Graham and George Balanchine, I will describe various works in each choreographer's repertory in order to illustrate that although each choreographer works in a different form, the creative impulse of each is the same.

Although I will be focusing on these two choreographers and their works, I will also consider the nature of choreography in so far as it represents a creative, interpretative impulse. In addition, considering the model of world construction proposed by Berger, I will reflect on the dancer and the viewer as participants in the meaning that emerges from dance.

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