Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis applies nationalism theories from Eric Hobsbawm's Inventing Tradition and Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities to show how Agrippina Vaganova and Choi Seung-hee's dances became their nation's representative dance forms. Agrippina Vaganova's Modern Russian Ballet and Choi Seung-hee's Sinmuyong (New Dance) made significant impacts in their respective countries in the twentieth century by each becoming a systematic dance form that became synonymous with the nation. This thesis argues that Agrippina Vaganova's Modern Russian Ballet and Choi Seung-hee's Sinmuyong (New Dance) became their nation's representative dance forms due to interactions between performance, social changes, and discourses of media. These, along with the need to increase national patriotism, helped transform these dances into national and nationalistic art forms.
Kim, Angela, "Making of Nationalistic Dance: Agrippina Vaganova and Choi Seung-Hee" (2018). Graduate Dissertations and Theses. 63.