Date of Award

8-1-2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig

Abstract

This thesis works as a means for exploring the role of dreams and otherness within performance practice. By building upon the work of French intellectual Georges Bataille, I work to propose a method by which dreams may be incorporated through a phenomenological lens intended to invite openness to interpretation as a means of engaging the otherness of the audience. To aid in this theoretical aim, I highlight In Quiet Search of a Universal Gesture (a show featured in the Marion Kleinau Theatre directed by myself and Jason Hedrick) as an example of dream art as a means of exploring otherness.

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