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Through the Lens

Title: Through the Lens: A Blend of Art and Entertainment.
Name(s): Russell, Michelle, author
School of Dance
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The world of popular culture has been shaped in many ways by the stereotypes and biases created in music videos and the dance sequences included in those music videos. Dance music videos, by artists such as Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul, continue to vastly influence the trends of our ever-evolving generations as well as push to the forefront what society considers as the norm (such as being a size two or living a life of luxury). Besides the dancing that is involved, what is so attractive within this entertainment lies in its incorporation of cutting edge video edits, clever camera framings, and a narrative that allows the audience to make a connection between themselves and the situations that are set up. How does one know whether what they are viewing is entertainment or "high art?" As of late, many artistic dance videographers, producers, and editors of videodance, (Thierry De Mey and David Anderson) have experimented with ways in which to infuse the successful elements of popular dance music videos into their own work. Inspired to delve into a similar process, I will create a short videodance that obscures the line between dance as a form of entertainment (as viewed in dance music videos) and dance as a form of "high art" (as viewed in videodance). I plan to achieve this by blending formal choreographic principles with the editing and framing techniques similar to those used in iconic dance music videos. Dance is known for its performative presence in the artistic world, but in order to breathe new life into this art form I will explore how techniques for framing and editing the body in motion influences the value placed on the dance itself and thereby create a new appreciation and viewing platform.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0153 (IID)
Keywords: Dance Music Videos, Videodance, entertainment, high art
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the School of Dance in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2013.
Date of Defense: May 1, 2013.
Subject(s): Dance
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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