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1. Stefansson, Hanna Lisa. Ritual habit:: an electroacoustic music composition and dance collaboration.

Degree: DMA, Music, 2017, University of Georgia

My dissertation performance, Ritual Habit, is a music composition and dance choreography collaboration. This document is a written reflection of my experience with my collaboration with dancer and choreographer Andrea Trombetta. A composer or other artist seeking to collaborate with others might find this document to be a helpful resource and a case study of sorts. The concept of ritual forms the narrative of the piece, which is structured around the characteristics of ritual-like activities outlined by the late scholar Catherine Bell. These characteristics include formality, invariance, sacral symbolism, and performance. The element of mystery is another characteristic often involved in ritual that I incorporate into the piece. I discuss collaboration in its many forms, going into specific examples of music composer and choreographer collaborations. These examples include the following composer and choreographer pairs: Charles Griffes and Michio Ito, Otto Luening and Doris Humphrey, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa, Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky, and finally, John Cage and Merce Cunningham. I also discuss Henry Cowell’s technique of elastic form as a useful tool for collaborative work, as well as Alwin Nikolais’s total theater concept to show what can be derived from a “one-man show.” After introducing the archetypes of ritual that are used to structure my piece, I discuss the form and the narrative of Ritual Habit, section by section. I include discussion of instrumentation, the sound sources of the electronics, the ways in which these sounds were manipulated, and the spatialization of the fixed and live electronics. I describe the dancers’ movements as they pertain to the ritual structure and to the music. I end my dissertation with a discussion of ways in which the collaborators take on the production roles and the idea of a true collaboration being one that results in the expansion of a person’s capacity. Advisors/Committee Members: Peter Lane.

Subjects/Keywords: music composition; choreography; collaboration; ritual; formality; invariance; repetition; sacral symbolism; performance; mystery; movement meditation; spatialization; electronics; electroacoustic; natural elements; earth; water; air; fire

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APA (6th Edition):

Stefansson, H. L. (2017). Ritual habit:: an electroacoustic music composition and dance collaboration. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Georgia. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10724/37591

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Stefansson, Hanna Lisa. “Ritual habit:: an electroacoustic music composition and dance collaboration.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Georgia. Accessed January 29, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10724/37591.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Stefansson, Hanna Lisa. “Ritual habit:: an electroacoustic music composition and dance collaboration.” 2017. Web. 29 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

Stefansson HL. Ritual habit:: an electroacoustic music composition and dance collaboration. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Georgia; 2017. [cited 2020 Jan 29]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10724/37591.

Council of Science Editors:

Stefansson HL. Ritual habit:: an electroacoustic music composition and dance collaboration. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Georgia; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10724/37591

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