Adam & Eve, from myth to misogyny : the "split second" that changed the world : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
Split Second is the title of my senior choreography project. This choreography project is a dance piece that was arduously concocted and developed throughout the entire fall 2004 semester. It was performed for the first time during Halloween weekend for the Senior Choreography Showcase, and from this recital it was selected by the dance faculty for the Ball State Dance Theatre's Dance! Dance! Dance! in December 2004. Though "Split Second's" purpose serves as part and parcel for graduation as a dance performance major, its idea and intention was for my own exploration of myself as a choreographer and director of a completely unique creative endeavor. The Biblical story of Adam and Eve serves as the theme for my creation. Adam and Eve are controversial figures in religious history, affecting the progress of women's rights, along with raising numerous rhetorical questions about faith, human nature, and emotion. After inquiry and research, I found the world's top three religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—containing a version of Adam and Eve. I felt it would be interesting to reflect on the similarities and differences between each religion's views in my movements. Following the final performances of Split Second, I was intrigued to investigate these three religious perspectives even further, by composing my written thesis, ADAM & EVE—FROM MYTH TO MISOGYNY': The "Split Second" that changed the world. This final document is a result of extensive findings from eighteen different books and articles. It contains numerous opinions and no "one right answer" to resolve Adam and Eve's portrayal. During the thesis presentation, I will discuss my own journey as the creator of Split Second, and relay the religious insights I found from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam that discuss Adam and Eve's "downfall." This discussion and presentation is further supplemented by a multi-angled video recording of Split Second, color archives, and personal journalistic writings.