Ecokinetics : A Dance Film Inquiry
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
College of the Arts
Theatre and Dance
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
For my MFA thesis project, I created a series of three dance films— Plastic Virus, Single Use, and Fly —that explore ecological themes. In Plastic Virus, I dance in a costume constructed from more than a hundred plastic bags and suggest how plastic pollution, like a global pandemic, has contaminated us inside and out. With Single Use, I continue the theme of plastic pollution, and the use of the plastic-bag costuming, while dancing on city streets and in a wooded landscape. With Fly, I employ the technique of stop-motion animation to investigate how my dancing body can echo, extend, and interact with elements of a landscape. All three films sprung from a new dance inquiry that I developed called ecokinetics that concerns the relationship between the moving body and environmental systems. Ecokinetics may be employed as a generative tool for dancemaking that engages with climate change.
Sperling, Jody, "Ecokinetics : A Dance Film Inquiry" (2020). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 587.
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