Dancing through Transformational Music Festivals: Playing with Leisure and Art

  • Author / Creator
    Mohr, Kelci L
  • This exploratory work investigates the “transformational festival,” a contemporary form of celebratory leisure that revolves around music, the arts, community, and co-creativity. By integrating interpretative phenomenological analysis with methods from arts-based research, critical ethnography, and storytelling, I seek to understand how life-changing processes may be enabled or supported through the construction of three particular festival timespaces: Shambhala, Astral Harvest, and Intention Alberta. The research is focused on a group of festival goers who consider these kinds of events important for their leisure lives and their greater (trans)personal development. This work queries how transformational festivals are perceived, experienced, and why they might be meaningful for this group. It affirms that people are seeking community, ecstatic rituals, and spiritual elements within festivals, and suggests the importance of adding transpersonal considerations to current leisure discourses that focus on individual social-psychological interactions. The interdisciplinary and creative nature of the project challenges dominant metanarratives by adding alternative accounts of how people are enriching their lives through leisure experiences on the margins of awareness in academia and normative society.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2016
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  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Specialization
    • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • MacDonald, Michael B. (Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications, MacEwan University)
    • Smallwood, Scott (Faculty of Arts)
    • Parker, Ara (Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality)