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Footfalls MFA Dance Thesis Performance

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Enochs Hall Black Box Theatre

Mississippi School of the Arts

308 W. Cherokee Street

Brookhaven, MS 39601

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During my research for MFA thesis project, Footfalls, I investigated the phenomenon of imagery and the work of T.S. Eliot and his poem Four Quartets. Being a long-time fan of T.S. Eliot and, admittedly, unfamiliar with this work, I made a dedicated effort to investigate my physical response to his imagery in this seminal work. I compiled a new list of imagery words pulled directly from Burnt Norton, the first stanza of Four Quartets, and used these to map out improvisational scores for a solo and ensemble work. During studio sessions my skills as a choreographer developed and my pedagogical approaches to expanded. I discovered a new, felt sense of ease during the creative process and experienced simultaneous moments of creating, editing, and coaching with joy and confidence. Approaching creative sessions and rehearsal with an image score, directly inspired by the images of T.S. Eliot, proved to be a consistently successful method, fulfilling me as an artist and promoting deeper inquiry. It is this desire to deepen the inquiry that I pursued: somatic principles as related to bodily sensations for the purpose of generating original motion; pedagogy explorations as related to applying somatic principles for the purpose of training students; poetic imagery as related to sensory responses in the body for the purpose of generating an artistic work. Personal narratives were explored as poetic imagery for the purpose of creating bodily sensations that lead to generating this artistic work.

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