End-of-Year News 2015

We are happy to announce that Shyamala Moorty, one of our founding members, has a beautiful new baby named f36da0a9-1204-468a-8a52-4a17a960a6e7-1Roshan.

 

This fall, she is taking a much-deserved sabbatical from the Post Natyam Collective to enjoy being a new mother.

This October marked the Post Natyam Collective’s eleventh anniversary.

To mark the occasion we have reworked our Manifesto together with the newest collective member Meena. You can read our updated MANIFESTO 2.3 here.
We have also recently embarked upon a new long distance creative exchange, Reimagining Citizenship, on citizenship and its exclusions. We ask: how does a modern nation-state decide who has the right to be a full citizen, and by extension, to be treated as fully human? Researching citizenship in multiple geographic and historic contexts, our areas of research include anti-blackness in South Asia and its diaspora, anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe, and the histories of Han Chinese colonizers and indigenous peoples in Taiwan. Check out our blog (www.postnatyam.blogspot.com) to see the latest!

We are also delighted to have had our work featured in Dr. Manolagayatri Kumarswamy’s paper, “Towards a Lesbian Transpersonal/Transnational Political Aesthetic,” including analysis of work from our Queering Abhinaya process at the Geographies of Sexualities Conference at the Università di Roma on 16-18 September 2015.

In October, Sandra’s article, “Rethinking Collective Artistic Production” (http://www.p-art-icipate.net/cms/rethinking-collective-artistic-production/), which reflects on collaboration through the lens of Post Natyam’s process, was published in the ejournal p|art|icipate. Two more of her articles appeared this fall, one in the Jahrbuch Tanzforschung Tanz, Raum, Urbanität (Jahrbuch Tanzforschung Bd. 25, edited by Bäcker, Marianne and Mechthild Schütte) and the other in Tanz und Archiv 6: Doing Memory: Zwischen Don Juan und Bharatanatyam, which she co-edited with Irene Brandenburg, Nicole Haitzinger and Claudia Jeschke. She also performed a solo and showed excerpts from our Queering Abhinaya process in Essen, Germany. In January she will be presenting a performance lecture at the symposium Instable Fields of Knowledge at IDA – Institute of Dance Arts, Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria. Cynthia presented a paper entitled “Homeland as Beloved: Translating Viraha for (Post)colonial Contexts,” at the World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Conference in Singapore. She will be performing two new works, “rubix revisited” and an in-process excerpt of “blood run,” in Greensboro in the new year. Meena is currently researching and developing two new dance and film projects. She is also dancing with WXPT, a dance collective founded by choreographer taisha paggett: WXPT was in residency at LACE in Los Angeles every Saturday from October 21 to December 5, in addition to other spontaneous performances.

Wishing you a happy holiday season and best wishes for a peaceful, art-filled, and joyful 2016.

 

Post Natyam EVENTS

Summary

1. Singapore, SINGAPORE. 16-18 October 2015. Cynthia presents a paper, ““Homeland as Beloved: Translating Viraha for (Post)colonial Contexts,” at the World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Conference.

2. Essen, GERMANY. 9 October 2015. Sandra performs at Empire and Neurosis conference, with choreography and video-work by Sandra Chatterjee, Cynthia Ling Lee, Shyamala Moorty, Meena Murugesan and Sangita Shresthova

3. Los Angeles, USA. 21, 24, 31, October, and 7, 14, 21, November, and 5 December, 2015. Meena performs in “School for the Movement of Technicolor People” with taisha pagget’s collective WXPT at LACE
4. Linz, AUSTRIA. 21-23 January 2016. Sandra presents a lecture performance at the symposium Instabile Fields of Knowledge at IDA – Institute of Dance Arts,
Anton Bruckner Private University

5. Greensboro, USA. 28-30 January 2016: Cynthia’s “rubix revisited” premieres in the Greensboro Fringe Festival.

6. Greensboro, USA. 5-6 February 2016: Cynthia performs an excerpt of “blood run” in UNCG’s Faculty Artists Dance Concert.
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1. Singapore, SINGAPORE. 16-18 October 2015. Cynthia presents a paper, ““Homeland as Beloved: Translating Viraha for (Post)colonial Contexts,” at the

World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Conference.

This paper discusses how two contemporary performance works, Pallabi Chakravorty’s Asunder and Cynthia Ling Lee’s fish hook tongue, intervene in the nationalist discourse surrounding classical Indian dance by translating the classical aesthetic concept of viraha for politicized (post)colonial contexts. Asunder and fish hook tongue depart from classical practice and Indian nationalist representations by replacing the traditional Beloved of kathak abhinaya with a new love object: the troubled, (post)colonial homeland. Grounded in critical histories rather than timeless myth, the two works reimagine viraha as the longing of a diasporic subject for union with a broken homeland. Asunder addresses the Partition of India, departing from Hindu nationalist narratives by evoking longing for an undivided India whose cultural fabric weaves together Muslim and Hindu influences. fish hook tongue departs from Indian nationalist representations by addressing Taiwan’s history of linguistic colonization, reterritorializing viraha as the visceral longing to speak one’s mother tongue against the silencing forces of Japanese colonization, Kuomintang martial law, and US assimilation.

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

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2. Essen, GERMANY. 9 October 2015. Sandra performs at Empire and Neurosis conference, with choreography and video-work by Sandra Chatterjee, Cynthia Ling Lee, Shyamala Moorty, Meena Murugesan and Sangita Shresthova

QUE_e_RING iDENTiTY

Performance by Sandra Chatterjee and the Post Natyam Collective, with choreography and video-work by Sandra Chatterjee, Cynthia Ling Lee, Shyamala Moorty, Meena Murugesan and Sangita Shresthova

at Empire & Neurosis: 3rd Postgraduate Forum “Postcolonial Narrations”

October 8-10, 2015, University of Duisburg-Essen (Campus Essen)

Program

3.Los Angeles, USA. 21, 24, 31, October, and 7, 14, 21, November, and 5 December, 2015. Meena performs in “School for the Movement of Technicolor People” with taisha pagget’s collective WXPT at LACE

(Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 12-6pm every Saturday and other spontaneous performances, http://welcometolace.org/event/school-for-the-movement-of-the-technicolor-people/).
4. Linz, AUSTRIA. 21-23 January 2016. Sandra presents a lecture performance at the symposium Instabile Fields of Knowledge at t IDA – Institute of Dance Arts, Anton Bruckner Private University

Instabile Wissensfelder/ Unstable Fields of Knowledge
Lecture/Performances als Suchbewegungen einer ”zeitgenössischen” Tanzforschung Lecture/Performances as Exploratory Movement in ”Contemporary” Dance Research

Tanzsymposium im Neubau der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität
für Musik, Schauspiel und Tanz / IDA – Institute of Dance Arts
Dance Symposium at IDA – Institute of Dance Arts,
Anton Bruckner Private University
21. bis/to 23. Jänner/January 2016
Hagenstraße 57, 4040 Linz, Österreich

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5. Greensboro, USA. 28-30 January 2016: Cynthia’s “rubix revisited” premieres in the Greensboro Fringe Festival.
Cynthia’s improvisational score, rubix revisited, will be performed in Fringe Festival January as part of the Greensboro Fringe Festival. A four-sided improvisational structure created in collaboration with the dancers, rubix revisited is an absurdist, geometrical, and sonic abstraction that combines pre-composed material and improvisational openness. rubix revisited features four dynamic performers — Robin Gee, Brianna Taylor, Binh Duong, and Cynthia herself — and is compositionally inspired by Carol McDowell’s surrender (2009), based on Trisha Brown’s Locus (1975) and Barbara Dilley’s grid score.

Shows: Jan 28, 6 pm; Jan 29, 8 pm; Jan 30, 2 pm

More information forthcoming at http://www.greensborofringefestival.org/

6. Greensboro, USA. 5-6 February 2016: Cynthia performs an excerpt of “blood run” in UNCG’s Faculty Artists Dance Concert.
Cynthia performs an excerpt from her work-in-process, “blood run,” as part of the UNCG Faculty Artists Dance Concert. Part ritual, part performance art, part colonial history inscribed on the body, blood run investigates my Han Chinese colonizer and Taiwanese plains indigenous heritage within the context of larger political histories. Combining experimental video, movement research, and poetic text, the work asks: “What is the difference between an immigrant and a colonizer?” “How do the colonizer and colonized live inside the same body?” “When does survival require disappearance?” blood run asks what hidden histories are contained in the body, while poignantly acknowledging the impossibility of fully reclaiming what has been lost.

Feb 5-6, 8 pm
UNCG Dance Theater
Information and Tickets: http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/calendar?date=2016-02-05&range=2

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