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Dysfunction: An Exploration on Relationships

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Start Date 09/01/2005
End Date 06/30/2006
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM


  Sean Licka, Kat Tomka

Student Researchers
  Ruby Kennell


An Exploration on Relationships is a performance art piece that explores the dynamics of dysfunctional relationships. In combining body art (i.e., painting, henna, costuming) and performance (i.e., dance, theatre, video) the production will tell a story, or legend of two individuals in a relationship that don't know themselves or each other. The point of the project is to combine visual art with performance art, and theatre with dance in a way that has not been experienced at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The concept deals with relationships on the literal and abstract level: relationships between lines and shapes, relationships between lights and darks, relationships between people and drugs, between people interacting with people as well as the relationship between art, theatre and dance. This project is an opportunity for students in the various artistic disciplines to come together and collaborate on something they can all relate to: relationships. The legend tells the story of a male and female who are trying to find their individuality and get to know one another through all the wrong ways. They attempt to connect through drugs, sex, looks, and fashion. These tactics never seem to work and the couple ends up uncomfortable and dysfunctional in one way or another. As they experiment and become more honest, their clothing--their "shells"--start to fall away; revealing everything that they have been hiding from each other in the form of intricate line drawings on their skin. As a result, the couple comes to the realization that their beauty lies within. The piece will end with their bodies intertwined in such a way that the drawings on their skin connect to make a larger different drawing.

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