Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Reader 1

Ronalee Brosterman

Reader 2

Gail Abrams

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All that pushes and pulls is a modern dance work that investigates the blurred relationship between individuality and conformity in Western society. The ensemble piece explores the influence of trends of individuality - social movements that emphasize individualism in an attempt to break from the conformity of mass society yet eventually become adopted into mainstream norms. Through an emphasis on personal movement styles, manipulation of uniform choreography, and explorations of group dynamics and spacing, the piece illustrates how individuals navigate these trends in a society where individual expression has become a requirement rather than a suggestion.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.