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Literature in Motion: Mary Anthony's use of Shakespearean and Biblical Themes in Modern Dance

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dc.contributor.author Jensen, Gwendolyn Lee, 1986-
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-25T20:50:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-25T20:50:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-25T20:50:18Z
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10827
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I analyze the life and work of Mary Anthony in my exploration of modern dance with literary influence. I approach Anthony’s use of Shakespearean and Biblical themes as dramatic and timeless literary stimuli for portraying morality, mortality, and humanity as important to the American modern dance style established by her predecessors. I discuss how her lifelong interest in theatre led to her use of dramatic literary sources as a way of producing dance with theatrical elements, or what she calls “total theatre” rather than dance alone; the clear conception inherent in written works, as well as the lasting status of Shakespeare and the Bible in America, allowed her to create dances with clarity of ideas, plot, and character. I explore how Anthony’s influences, styles, and methods allowed her to portray such well-known written themes without the words that would normally drive and transmit them. Here I specifically analyze Anthony’s dances Lady Macbeth (1949), based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and In the Beginning (Adam and Eve) (1970), and Cain and Abel (1972), both based on the Biblical stories in Genesis, in order to explore the differences in her use of each literary source in choreography. I discuss biographical information regarding influence and experience, her views and teaching methods, and her use of specific themes for dance. I explore the connection between Anthony’s idea of total theatre, her use of dramatic literary themes, and her ability to use Shakespeare and the Bible in the creation of choreography within the established American style of an art form. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Mary Anthony en_US
dc.subject modern dance en_US
dc.subject Shakespeare en_US
dc.subject The Bible en_US
dc.subject Cain and Abel en_US
dc.subject Adam and Eve en_US
dc.subject literature en_US
dc.subject literary influence in dance en_US
dc.subject Total theatre en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Anthony, Mary--Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Modern dance--United States
dc.title Literature in Motion: Mary Anthony's use of Shakespearean and Biblical Themes in Modern Dance en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Dance History and Criticism en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance en_US
dc.description.advisor Santos Newhall, Mary Anne
dc.description.committee-member Santos Newhall, Mary Anne
dc.description.committee-member Herrera, Brian
dc.description.committee-member Predock-Linnell, Jennifer


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