Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Erika Randall

Second Advisor

Nada Diachenko

Third Advisor

Lee Chambers

Fourth Advisor

Theodore Stark

Streaming Media URL


Buried Before is a twelve-minute concert dance work which was performed February 7-10, 2019, in the Charlotte York Irey Theatre by Sasha Alcott, Sara Varra, Olivia Hodnett, and Adia Banks. This essay is a roadmap to understanding the piece as well as the research process that accompanied it. The piece challenges the way war stories are told, particularly the themes of glorification, masculinity, and heroism. It centralizes the body in the telling of women’s war stories which provides a level of complexity and abstraction which are not present in linear, traditional war narratives. Throughout both the essay and the piece, pluralisms are favored over dualisms to accurately represent people’s experiences in war. Buried Before centralizes the body in the telling of complex, non-linear, and feminine war stories to challenge the notions of glorification, masculinity, and heroism.

Please view the concert dance work here: https://youtu.be/o5L-Ql47qqo