Relative Experience: A Live Translation of MC Escher through Multimedia Choreography

dc.contributorJones, Peter
dc.contributorRobinson, Margaret
dc.contributor.advisorFlachs, Charles
dc.contributor.authorSchweitzer, Clare Louise
dc.descriptionAttached are files of the film of the performance as well as a projection shown during the performance: 1) Close up angle (filmed and edited by Christopher Ward) 2) Wide Angle (filmed and edited by Betsy Speeter) 3) Projection (filmed and edited by Clare Schweitzer)en_US
dc.description.abstractMy thesis work involved the development of a dance and multimedia work that attempted to translate concepts presented in the art of M.C. Escher to a live performance setting. These concepts included but were not limited to the manipulation of dimension, the development of recursive structures and the tessellation of images. In it, I hoped to present a visual examination of M.C. Escher that reflected both concepts in his work and debates about it, particularly debates regarding his work as an intersection of art and mathematics.  My work culminated in a piece entitled “How the Square Left the Stage,” a twenty  minute dance and multimedia work showcasing various representations of these  elements. I looked at the work of previous choreographers and the ways they have interpreted and represented such concepts. I experimented with several ideas for showcasing each concept before settling on a few that not only represented the concept, but also were able to cohesively fit into a performance piece. I immersed myself in the use of film projections as a choreographic tool and developed a reciprocal process where my choices in film worked in tandem with my choreography. I tested the conventions of the stage space and the dancers in it by playing with their relationships and interactions. Another feature of my work was the use of mathematics as a creative tool, as I applied concepts from crystallography and combinatorics to my choreography. Escher himself noted that he had more in common with mathematicians than artists and indeed, some artists have found his work too esoteric to be appreciated as art. However, a common theme running through Escher’s art was life brought to structure; something I found resonated with me in this creative process. Even working through a theoretical lens, I was still able to find potent sources of and venues for creativity in the work.  en_US
dc.subjectDance on Filmen_US
dc.titleRelative Experience: A Live Translation of MC Escher through Multimedia Choreographyen_US
mhc.institutionMount Holyoke College