Presentation (Project) Title

Advocating for Christ through Dance for Camera

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Merry Lynn Morris (School of Theatre and Dance)

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Abstract

The purpose of my research was to combine elements from Christian philosophy, dance, and music to create a Dance for Camera work titled John 3:16, which advocated for people to understand the relationship between man and God. The research was conducted in the Fall of 2020, where I gathered information about Christian philosophy while working on my advocacy speech for a Global Citizens project in my senior seminar course. I choreographed and generated movements based upon my research from my Global Citizens advocacy. I developed movements based on concepts from Christian philosophy such as rebirth and being born again, struggle of human nature, sin and temptations, and fighting against depression and temptation. I used hard rock and rap music from artists like Metallica and Eminem to inform my movement choices. I filmed my movement at the beach because the sand represented unforgiven sins, and the water represented purity-Jesus’s blood washing away sins. I contrasted the beauty of nature designed by God and the beauty of manmade machinery, to merge this idea that as humans we always strive for perfection. I finalized my project by piecing together footage taken at the beach and on campus. I found music and scripture from the bible that would suit the message of my piece and edited it to fit the length of my project. My work, John 3:16, brings awareness of Christian philosophy to the dance and artistic community.

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Advocating for Christ through Dance for Camera

The purpose of my research was to combine elements from Christian philosophy, dance, and music to create a Dance for Camera work titled John 3:16, which advocated for people to understand the relationship between man and God. The research was conducted in the Fall of 2020, where I gathered information about Christian philosophy while working on my advocacy speech for a Global Citizens project in my senior seminar course. I choreographed and generated movements based upon my research from my Global Citizens advocacy. I developed movements based on concepts from Christian philosophy such as rebirth and being born again, struggle of human nature, sin and temptations, and fighting against depression and temptation. I used hard rock and rap music from artists like Metallica and Eminem to inform my movement choices. I filmed my movement at the beach because the sand represented unforgiven sins, and the water represented purity-Jesus’s blood washing away sins. I contrasted the beauty of nature designed by God and the beauty of manmade machinery, to merge this idea that as humans we always strive for perfection. I finalized my project by piecing together footage taken at the beach and on campus. I found music and scripture from the bible that would suit the message of my piece and edited it to fit the length of my project. My work, John 3:16, brings awareness of Christian philosophy to the dance and artistic community.