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Choreographing Language: Embodied Articulation in Original Pronunciation Shakespeare
AdvisorMardock, James D.
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The interconnected nature of dialect and body shape and movement has been observed, but very little has been formally explored and documented. This thesis seeks to establish a theoretical framework for the link between sound articulation and kinetics (and kinetic perception) by weaving together extant movement and voice theory pioneered by Rudolf Laban, Arthur Lessac, Kristin Linklater, and Irmgard Bartenieff. It then describes exploratory field research into the body-language connection in the specific case of Shakespeare Original Pronunciation via movement-based dialect workshop. This thesis endeavors to begin to facilitate a better understanding of how a change in dialect potentially affects an actor’s impulses to move and shape themselves, and conversely how movement might be able to be utilized to make dialect work more accessible.