Date of Award

4-12-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Theatre

First Advisor

David Bisaha

Abstract

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.

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Dance Commons

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