Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

maura nguyen donohue

Second Advisor

Jessica Nicoll

Academic Program Adviser

maura nguyen donohue


Weaving embodied trauma studies with feminist theory, non-hierarchical creative structures, and research in dance improvisation, this thesis paper written by Eleanor Smith contextualizes the dance performance gloria rehearsal (excerpt). The performance piece was choreographed and performed by Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, who have been co-choreographing feminist dances since 2006.



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