A Re-Creation of Mary Wigman’s Ceremonial Figure Emphasizing the Noh Theater and Butoh Elements

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dc.contributor.author Whaley, Ginny
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-05T12:53:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-05T12:53:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/5268
dc.description.abstract This project is a re-creation of Mary Wigman’s Ceremonial Figure that aims to highlight and re-contextualize the Noh Theater and butoh influences. Mary Wigman, along with other modern dance pioneers, was inspired by Eastern cultures that she deemed exotic and closer to nature. Beginning in 1925, Wigman was inspired by Noh Theater and its use of the mask as a transformative element. Noh Theater is a ritual theater formed through possession rituals that began in the 1300s. Wigman, in turn, inspired butoh, an avant-garde Japanese dance form that was also inspired by Noh Theater and began in the 1960s. The re-creation of Wigman’s Ceremonial Figure is thus an attempt to reconcile modern dance's history of borrowing movement without context and Wigman's hope for a transcultural dance form. To construct the re-creation, I studied butoh exercises, Wigman’s choreographies, and Noh Theater’s structure. From butoh, I utilize the technique and quality of the movement. From Wigman, I utilize the performative quality, movement, and theme. Lastly, from Noh, I utilize the transformative element, character development, and mask technique. en_US
dc.publisher University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject dance en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.subject interdisciplinary en_US
dc.subject butoh en_US
dc.subject Noh Theater en_US
dc.subject Mary Wigman en_US
dc.title A Re-Creation of Mary Wigman’s Ceremonial Figure Emphasizing the Noh Theater and Butoh Elements en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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