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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Kevin Williamson

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Ronnie Brosterman

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This thesis examines how art can support and stimulate personal and social change. It addresses the natural and ever-present existence of conflict and analyzes how using the body as a tool for communication can viscerally represent themes of disagreement and resolution. The work of Israeli choreographers Yasmeen Godder and Hillel Kogan are analyzed in a case study to explore different methods of choreographing conflict. Both works successfully, yet contrastingly, demonstrate how the body adds power and emotion to an idea. Parallel to the research component of this thesis is the original choreographed work, Ecotones. The creative method behind Ecotones drew from the research and led to a unique compilation of approaches to choreographing conflict. This process and the resulting choreography highlight the potential impact of creating, dancing, and watching art about resistance, struggle, and connection.

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