Title of Abstract

Breakaway

Submitting Student(s)

Madison LaphamFollow

Faculty Mentor

One WU mentor: Meg Schriffen, M.F.A; schrifenm@winthrop.edu

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Theatre & Dance

Faculty Mentor

Meg Schriffen, M.F.A.

Abstract

In our society, teens and young adults are heavily influenced by the use of stereotypes and following what we define as being “normal”. Labels are so often used to define who we are and force us to follow along with what society wants us to be. This dance piece was built to inform and inspire individuals to find the courage to disregard the labels and stereotypes given to us. My choreography demonstrates how individuals find the courage to break away from norm. The piece was shaped by the personal stories shared by each of the dancers. Each performer has a label written on their body. The words written upon them symbolize the actual labels and stereotypes given to them throughout their life. The rags used to remove the labels represent their courage and determination to create their own definition of who they are and what they wish to be. We have to the power to either follow along with what society wants us to become or break away and create our own definition of who we are.

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Course Assignment

DANT 301 - Schriffen

Other Presentations/Performances

Junior Choreography Showcase

Type of Presentation

Performance of my creative work

Performance Description

Dance/choreography I will answer questions and further explain why I choreographed what I did. Explain the process and how the dancers provided me with the inspiration behind the piece

Special Needs

The conference does happen the same day as Junior Showcase so I do ask for a time before 1pm in order to allow for me to get my dancers ready for the show.

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Breakaway

In our society, teens and young adults are heavily influenced by the use of stereotypes and following what we define as being “normal”. Labels are so often used to define who we are and force us to follow along with what society wants us to be. This dance piece was built to inform and inspire individuals to find the courage to disregard the labels and stereotypes given to us. My choreography demonstrates how individuals find the courage to break away from norm. The piece was shaped by the personal stories shared by each of the dancers. Each performer has a label written on their body. The words written upon them symbolize the actual labels and stereotypes given to them throughout their life. The rags used to remove the labels represent their courage and determination to create their own definition of who they are and what they wish to be. We have to the power to either follow along with what society wants us to become or break away and create our own definition of who we are.