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Dance -- Philosophy; Modern dance; Empathy;


The present study was designed as a comparative analysis of the performer's empathic process in the arts of interpretation and modern dance. The similarity between the performer's empathic process in both arts provided a method for exploring the utility that modern dance offers the interpreter. It was the purpose of this thesis to suggest that training in modern dance provides an experience in expressive movement which develops the interpreter's ability to empathize with the literature.

The performer's experience in modern dance and interpretation involves an empathic response to stimuli presented within the choreography or within the literature. Examination of various theories of empathy described the performer's experience in both arts. Numerous relationships exist between the performing artists, yet it was the purpose of this study to examine only one of these relationships: the performer's empathic process. Description of this specific relationship suggested that participation in modern dance increases the interpreter's awareness of his own movement. The increased awareness of the body and its movement,-develops the interpreter's ability to appropri9tely express the imagery discovered in a piece of literature.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Theatre


Department of Speech

First Advisor

Phyllis Scott


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