Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This multi-methodological project analyzes the utility of the proposed performance method, the Choreo-Story, within the field of Performance Studies. The Choreo-Story is a movement-based performance method, mode of devising, and performance product. It is a performance tool that can be used to understand how embodiment and dance help individuals make sense of the many identities they perform. This method highlights the body as both a text and tool for storytelling. To analyze the Choreo-Story method, I use Kenneth Burke’s Dramatistic Approach to examine three performance acts that occurred in the HopKins Black Box theatre between 2016 and 2018: my original Bauhaus performance assignment, LOOK!, and the Choreo-Story Workshops.
Using thick description, I describe the scene within which these acts occurred, argue for the intrinsic relationship between agent and agency within the Choreo-Story, and highlight the personal and professional purposes behind creating the Choreo-Story method. Through this analysis, I argue for the Choreo-Story method’s utility as a movement-based performance method and tool for performance practitioners. I also describe the method’s ability to be used outside of Performance Studies, pointing to its usefulness within Health Communication, Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities, and Psychology. I conclude this project by considering its limitations and highlighting areas for future research and ways to expand the Choreo-Story method.
Smith, Montana J., "The Choreo-Story Workshops: Devising Body Narratives" (2020). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 5186.
Shaffer, Tracy Stephenson
Dance Commons, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commons, Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication Commons, Health Communication Commons, Performance Studies Commons