This thesis explores how fusion of dance and painting is a creative process in the traditional Indian theatrical dance of Kathakali. The thesis argues that fusion is a powerful creative process in this art form, and identifies (in Chapters 2, 3 and 4) the goal, conditions and techniques that contribute to this process. This study was triggered in part by my own visual practice. As an Expressionist artist I attempt to fuse dance and painting. I locate the notion of fusion in the Expressionist movement and in the work of three contemporary artists, including my own. The devices used in Kathakali would illuminate the artist who is engaged in the fusion of dance and painting
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