Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Donna Mejia

Second Advisor

Michelle Ellsworth

Third Advisor

Jannet Robinson

Fourth Advisor

Theodore Stark


The intense physical sensations fear presents us with strikes the core of our being to remind us that life is fragile and it can change in an instant. The change from the known to the unknown is felt clearly when we must confront death. The gravity of that unknown impacts our bodily understanding to such a degree that the inevitability of death can dominate conscious and physical attention. Dance offers an ideal arena to examine how the arc of life and death informs our fear and how the inevitability of death is negotiated personally. Through my work, I sought to dismantle the current prevailing notions and fears surrounding death by allowing the audience to encounter its embodiment. Sublimate challenged viewers by investigating the role of spectatorship, disrupting preconceived notions of dance and theory, and physically manifesting fear through movement.

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Dance Commons