Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Kyong Mee Choi’s "The Eternal Tao" interdisciplinary arts: music, choreography, lighting, and videography
Author(s):Chao, Tai-Kuang
Advisor(s):Lund, Erik
Contributor(s):Lund, Erik; Magee, Gayle Sherwood; Tharp, Reynold; Williams, Michael
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Kyong Mee Choi
The Eternal Tao
multi-media opera
Tao Te Ching
Abstract:This thesis explores the dimensions and difficulties involved in creating new, interdisciplinary art forms, with its primary focus on Kyong Mee Choi’s one-act multi-media production, The Eternal Tao. The Introduction begins with a brief discussion of interdisciplinary art works, extending from Wagner and Scriabin, to contemporary artists and productions such as Fluxus, the Kronos Quartet, Cirque de Soleil, and collaborative multi-media opera. Chapter 1 introduces the composer, Kyong Mee Choi (b. 1971) and the genesis of The Eternal Tao (2010). Chapter 2 provides an extensive analysis of the acoustic and electro-acoustic music for each of the twelve sections of The Eternal Tao, covering instrumentation, pitch collections, compositional techniques, and Choi’s methods for reprising material. Chapter 3 treats lighting and choreography for The Eternal Tao, offering suggested modifications for both lighting (movement, intensity and color) and choreography (‘travelling’, partner/group relationship, body action). Also introduced here are suggested techniques for the use of Labanotation as an effective method for preserving the composer’s own directions for her choreography. The Conclusion offers a discussion of the problems posed by collaborations, from the point of view of the composer-as-director. Two appendices provide the texts from the Tao Te Ching used (or implied) in the score of The Eternal Tao, and the text of an email interview with Kyong Mee Choi by the author.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Tai-Kuang Chao
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-12-03

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