Alexandra Rose '11
Y Us? A Choreographic and Critical Senior Research in Dance Examining the Relationship Between Socio-political Events and Their Impact on Generation Y.
This piece explores the relationship between “Generation Y” and the socio-political events that took place during their adolescent and early adult years and makes a statement about how these events influenced the development of this generation’s political ideologies.
Through critical research (directed by my advisor in the Political Science Department), I discovered how I could draw the audience into the journey of Generation Y, illustrate the main influential events in the lives of this generation, and develop conclusive ideas about the direction my generation might be headed.
The medium of movement allows the journey of Generation Y to take place in a condensed time frame and is produced with the hope that audience members will imagine themselves in the shoes of Generation Y for the duration of the piece. I have consciously selected movement vocabulary that combines the verticality of traditional ballet with the groundedness, spiraling, weight transfer and falling, which I was exposed to in contemporary dance while at Denison. By focusing on movement qualities as opposed to technique, I transcend stereotypes associated with specific genres and focus instead on the expression of ideas through movement. This style is represented in my choreographic work “Y Us?” and will continue to be represented throughout my career of dance making