Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Gesel Mason

Second Advisor

Michelle Ellsworth

Third Advisor

Holly Gayley

Fourth Advisor

Theodore Stark


The process the ritual is a twelve-minute work of movement art that seeks to undo the notions of separation between mind, body and identity in the self. This paper aims to explain the theoretical research from Buddhism, Alexander Technique and Deborah Hay’s Practicing Performance that were used to create The process the ritual. In addition, this paper can be used as a guide to understanding the creative process used to make this work as well as aid in answering the following questions: How can a sensation of peace between mind, body and identity be accessed through movement? What does it look like to be at peace in the body?

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