What Do You See When You Look At Me? : An Exploration of Identity, Personal Stories, Perceptions of Others and Looking Beyond the Surface
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
College of the Arts
Theatre and Dance
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Stefanie Batten Bland
What Do You See When You Look At Me? is an inclusive dance theatre experience that weaves together storytelling and personal expression through movement and text, while also addressing implicit bias. As a dance professional and educator who has worked with various ages and abilities in different settings, I have seen how movement can bring people from all walks of life together. In this written thesis, I share portions of my interviews with individuals who identify within various communities (queer, disabled, elderly, survivor, biracial, LatinX, and African American to name a few) as well as foundational research on disability, gender, age, and storytelling within the scope of dance. I lay out the creative processes and impact of bringing an inclusive and accessible performance to the public, and I reflect on the process and culminating performance event. What Do You See When You Look At Me? challenges the notions of who gets to perform, removes the elitism in the field, and opens the doors for others to share their stories.
Friedman-Kats, Lara, "What Do You See When You Look At Me? : An Exploration of Identity, Personal Stories, Perceptions of Others and Looking Beyond the Surface" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 1037.
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