Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Reader/Committee Chair

Marshall, David


Human communication requires the disciplines regarding physical fitness, codified language, and the performing arts to overlap, and exist symbiotically. Within the realm of artistic performance, the three disciplines working together deliver a deliberate message in a way unique to performing artists. The general tendency to compartmentalize sports, communication, and the performing arts into their pigeonhole categories of Kinesiology, Linguistics, and Theatre Arts is impractical, particularly for performing artists simply because all of the disciplines are mutually dependent in the context of all kinesthetic communications.

The purpose of this paper is to define and discuss several concepts and the ways in which they share an interdisciplinary connection in regards to the understanding of kinesthetic communication. I will show how the conventions within Kinesiology, Linguistics and Theatre Arts are interrelated and introduce my theories of kinesthetic communication: the fact that kinesthetic communication is innate, Kinesthetic communication is the most effective form of communication, the performing arts is a dialect of kinesics, and that a formalized kinesthetic language system could possibly exist but is not yet codified. The implications of these claims regarding kinesthetic communications provide a more cohesive perspective of artistic kinesics and the way in which kinesthetic performance effectively communicates content.