Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2012

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First Advisor

Erika Randall


“Motion in Pain and Pleasure” is a thesis work that explores the relationship between what is pain and what is pleasure, and how an understanding and cooperation of both may yield growth. As a Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidate in Dance, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I produced and choreographed a dance work entitled “Petit Naissance.” Through this work, I investigated the binary of pain and pleasure, explored their function in the physical and emotional sense, and deconstructed previously understood notions about them. My investigation focused more specifically on pain and finding ways to turn pain into growth, pain into goodness, and pain into pleasure.