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Theater & Dance

An Exploration and an Exhibition: Stage Design in the Norman Philbrick Collecion and the Thomas Pri

Asiedu, Emelia ('11);  Taylor, James P.;  Marsh, Carrie;  Howe, Kathleen

The overall scope of my SURP involved work in art history and theatre history. I researched the artworks in the Thomas Price Collection, a small but important set of graphic works with the theatre as the subject matter. I updated the inventory of the artworks and researched their background in order to write informative captions for each piece. Our goal was to create a permanent exhibition of the artwork in the Seaver Theatre Lobby. Although lack of funding precluded the necessary rematting, reframing, and hanging of the collection this summer, we made a firm start in our research. I also created an annotated inventory of the stage design artworks held in the Norman Philbrick Collection of Honnold Library. This inventory will serve as a basic informative tool in the study of the sketches, renderings and models in this important collection. I also digitized a number of the artworks for inclusion in the Library's database.
Funding provided by: Pomona College SURP

Staging a Changing Society?: Depictions of Gender in Maori and Balinese Performance

Kotin, Adam ('09);  Pronko, Leonard

Through an examination of the traditional dance forms of the Balinese people of Indonesia and the Maori of New Zealand, this project explores the relationship between 'abstract' artistic expression and the real life world it interprets. It focuses on the evolution of gender representations in performance, both aesthetically and as they have been shaped by their societies of origin. The differences between the 'gendered' dances of the Maori and the Balinese create distinct theatrical meanings of gender for the audience, as well as reflect the societal environments and attitudes of these peoples. This project also explores the changes in these dance forms deriving from 'Western' influence and the demands of tourist audiences. While these influences have led Maori dance towards a greater distinction between male and female in performance, in Bali they have seemingly resulted in the creation and popularity of gender-bending forms that blur the distinction between the genders.
Funding provided by: Pomona College SURP;  Curtain Raisers Scholarship

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