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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Gender Bending in Mark Morris’ "Dido and Aeneas"

Sex and gender identity play a crucial role in our relationship to society, so what happens when the boundaries between male and female are crossed? Theatre and dance have typically been safe-places for performers to take on non-traditional gender roles. Mark Morris is a modern dance choreographer known for experimenting with gender bending in his work. This presentation explores the implications of gender bending on the modern day stage through an analysis of one of Morris' works entitled "Dido and Aeneas". By examining the physical and behavioral signifiers of gender that Morris’ employs in his re-imagining of the Henry Purcell opera, this presentation demonstrates his ability to establish a new identity structure – one that accommodates the fluidity and impressionable construction of gender.

Presenter: Kristi Faulkner (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)