Performance and Procress: A Study on How to Develop, Maintain, and Reinvigorate Performance Quality
Date of Award
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Bachelor of Arts
School or College
College of Communication and Fine Arts
Performance and Procress is a performance thesis. I doing this thesis I wanted to achieve a better performance quality in myself and research how professional performers constantly better themselves. I was cast in J.T. Horenstein's work "Under the Ground" during pLunge week. I rehearsed with the piece all semester long until our final performance in December. During the process, I developed my character, worked to master the dance steps, and pushed myself to constantly increase my expressivity.
My research question asked how performers in extended runs of shows can keep the performance fresh and continue to motivate themselves to get better. I mainly used interviews with professionals who have been on Broadway for my primary research method. I also read biographies and memoirs of legends like Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins to understand how the absolute greats approached the performance. Ultimately my thesis gave me a greater knowledge of how to be a better performer and readied me to become a professional.
Rountree, Chelsea J., "Performance and Procress: A Study on How to Develop, Maintain, and Reinvigorate Performance Quality" (2012). Dance Undergraduate Theses. 354.
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