Title

We were here

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Dance

First Advisor

Eloy Barragán

Abstract

Illness. A secret. Feeling alone? Have you ever kept a secret? A life-changing secret that keeps you secluded, isolated, and contained in a bubble, lonely and empty? The daily struggle of coping with your own secret, yet feeling like everyone you come in contact with already knows, takes its toll in the lives of those who carry the burden of a chronic disease. While dealing with judgmental thoughts, and the scrutinizing gaze from others, do we think that the stigma of a medical diagnosis affects our ability to love someone? More specifically, how about being capable of allowing someone to love you knowing that you are HIV positive?

In We Were Here, the choreographic research speaks directly to the topic of secrecy and isolation through song, dance, poetry, and videography of people living with life-threatening diseases in today’s society. This piece will take the audience on a short journey through the lives of seven individuals who seek to find peace and understanding in revealing their conditions to their family, friends and loved ones. In seven different journeys, through the highs and lows of coping with a chronic disease, the silver lining of WE WERE HERE, provides a friendly reminder that everyone needs somebody, sometimes.

Public Abstract

Illness. A secret. Feeling alone? Have you ever kept a secret? A life-changing secret that keeps you secluded, isolated, and contained in a bubble, lonely and empty? The daily struggle of coping with your own secret, yet feeling like everyone you come in contact with already knows, takes its toll in the lives of those who carry the burden of a chronic disease. While dealing with judgmental thoughts, and the scrutinizing gaze from others, do we think that the stigma of a medical diagnosis affects our ability to love someone? More specifically, how about being capable of allowing someone to love you knowing that you are positive?

In We Were Here, the choreographic research speaks directly to the topic of secrecy and isolation through song, dance, poetry, and videography of people living with life-threatening diseases in today’s society. This piece will take the audience on a short journey through the lives of seven individuals who seek to find peace and understanding in revealing their conditions to their family, friends and loved ones. In seven different journeys, through the highs and lows of coping with a disease, the silver lining of WE WERE HERE, provides a friendly reminder that everyone needs somebody, sometimes.

Keywords

publicabstract, Chronic Disease, HIV/AIDS, Isolation, Love, Medical, Secrecy

Pages

iii, 1 pages

Copyright

Copyright 2015 Maurice Shawnte Watson

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Dance Commons

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