Postmodern Theory and the Choreography of Michael Clark

Mathews, Rachel Ann (1992) Postmodern Theory and the Choreography of Michael Clark. Masters by Research thesis, University of Surrey.


This study addresses two interrelated questions: Can postmodern ‘theory’ illuminate an understanding of Michael Clark’s work? and, a sub-question, In which ways, if at all, does Clark’s work demonstrate a postmodern sensibility? Chapter one, the introduction to this study, provides a ‘portrait’ of postmodernism, that is, it addresses the question What is postmodernism? Chapter two is a biography of Michael Clark. The seminal sections to this study, however, are chapters three and four. Here the author blends a discussion of a) subject matter, treatment and meanings in Clark’s choreography, b) journalistic criticisms of those features of his work, and c) postmodern theory. The outcome of these chapters is to demonstrate that Clark’s works do indeed require re-interpretation and re-evaluation, and to illustrate how these factors might be achieved.

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ID Code: 74785
Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Research)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Please contact the author for a copy of the thesis.
Keywords: Dance, Michael Clark, Choreography, Postmodern theory
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: University of Surrey
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2014 23:18
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2014 23:21

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