Undergraduate Research in Theatre and Dance
Student Research in Theatre and Dance
Watch Cassandra Owen '14 discuss her research project.more
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Dionysus on the Dance Floor
Chrysanthe Oltmann ('12); Anthony Stevens*; Anna Lazou†; Mentor: Arthur Horowitz
*College Year in Athens, College, Athens, Greece; †University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Abstract: The rhetoric of Top-40 songs, which advise listeners to
lose yourself on the dance floor, has parallels to the cult worship of
Dionysus, which express ?an overwhelming desire to free the spirit from
the body through dance. Primarily, I researched theatrical auteurs
like Theodoros Terzopoulos, in order to learn more about administering a
ritual in a theatrical setting. Furthermore, I joined the Dora
Stratou Ancient Greek Orchesis Troupe, and learned the solemn Apollonian
movements as well as the ecstatic Dionysian dances. Through these
experiences, I've determined that the worship of Dionysus functions to
liberate the mind from orderly binaries, celebrating the complexities
that define the human experience. And just as our drinking culture
functions as its own ritual, my research has given me the tools to
recreate such a ritual, for the actors involved (through physical
preparation) but especially for the audience (through musical repetition
as well as participation).
Funding Provided by: Pomona College SURP