2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

"Playing With Revision”: Exploring the Connections Between Run Lola Run and Dance
Sydney C. Young
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Studies show that "play" is the natural motivation for human movement. This paper explores the concept of revision in the film Run Lola Run and in dance, informed by my first hand knowledge of how a dancer approaches revision. Run Lola Run asserts that life is a game, setting the stage for Lola to "play" a twenty-minute sequence of her life three times. Lola revises her strategy each time she repeats the game, but is so concerned with the outcome that she makes no attempt to enjoy the game. This lack of concentration on the process is common among dancers, especially in the beginning years of training, when the focus is on correct technique. Revision of a movement occurs thousands of times for a dancer, in comparison with Lola's three repetitions. As technical mastery draws nearer, there is less and less room for improvement. I will contend that reorienting the focus of dance on play will enhance technical vocabulary and allow for greater artistic communication.

Keywords: Dance, Revisoin, Play, Run Lola Run


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 6-1
Location: VH 1408
Time: 8:45

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