Manipulating the Male Gaze: Analyzing the Roles Anna Pavlova Performed

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Pavlova, Anna” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1915.

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Allison Costa

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Statement:  Analyzing Pavlova’s roles in terms of the male gaze deepened my understanding of the interaction between dance and technology. Looking at Pavlova in terms of film theory highlighted the importance and effects of combining dance and camera choreography. While a digital representation is never the same as reality, it allows for more possibilities to interpret, contextualize, and comment on not just the dance, but society, as well. Representing people through a digital lens creates undeniable potential and possibility; however, these digitized bodies not only reflect, but also influence society, and this project has made me realize the importance of understanding their subconscious impact on our views of gender roles and of the world.