3. Torrance, CA, 20 October 2013: Shyamala performs a new version of “What’s Your Stereotype?” at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium.
Sun. Oct 20, 3pm
“What’s Your Stereotype?” at El Camino College, Torrance
Resident Artist, Shyamala Moorty, and guests perform an evocative evening of dance, theater, multimedia, and audience interaction. Blowing apart cultural stereotypes with extraordinary craft, the performers draw on Bharata Natyam, Bollywood, Contemporary, Indonesian dance forms and more! Shyamala deftly blurs the lines between memory and imagination in collaboration with DesiJam Dance Collective members Ulka Simone Mohanty and Meena Murugesan. Leilani Chan’s sarcastic gyrations expose the inner life of a dashboard hula dancer, and C. Derrick Jones explodes the boundaries of art & life with visually arresting contemporary dance. The Rock Collective, including Nguy?n Nguyên, Kate Hutter, Nick Heitzeberg, Sarri Sanchez and Erik Speth, uses multi media and dynamic movement to delve into identity and memory. Sri Susilowati combines exquisite classical Indonesian dance with a hilariously clever sense of humor and Christine Suarez examines motherhood through contemporary dance-theater and poetry with Carmela Herman, Carolina San Juan and Shelby Williams-Gonzalez.
El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
General Tickets: $18
Student rush: $15, half hour before the performance with an ID
General Parking: $3
Ticket Office: 310-329-5345
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4. Irvine, CA, USA. 25-27 October 2013: Post Natyam participates in Dance Conversations II.
Dance Conversations II is a festival and symposium that focuses on the embedding of theatrical and musical tradition within Indian classical dance, featuring significant dance artists from Europe, Asia, and North America. Dance Conversations II is co-convened by Ramya Harishankar (Arpana Dance Company) and Dr. Priya Srinivasan and co-presented by the Ektaa Center, Arpana Dance Company and UCI’s Claire Trevor School of Fine Arts.
Fri. Oct 25, 7pm
Post Natyam will be featured at the invitation-only reception on the opening night of Dance Conversations II.
The Contemporary Arts Center
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Sat. Oct 26, 2pm
Dance Conversations II
Post Natyam members Shyamala , Cynthia and Sandra are presenting on the panel, “Modernity re-imagined” – Postmodern re-imaginings in Indian dance theatre. Combining live performance with lecture-demonstration, we will cover topics such as 21st century technological remixes of abhinaya, reterritorialization of South Asian aesthetics in a globalizing world, and contemporary (Indian) dance in continental Europe. As part of the panel, Shyamala and Cynthia will perform rapture/rupture, a contemporary abhinaya work that reinterprets the intimate and bittersweet rapture of poetic love-in-separation through cultural and gendered difference
Colloquium Room (3rd Floor), Contemporary Arts Center, UC Irvine
Must pre-register, space is limited:
Here are the other fascinating panels:
Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 (Day)
Panel 1 – 930am: “Using ancient gestures in contemporary forms” Taking perspectives from France, U.S. and Canada, we will look at ancient practices as they morph into into contemporary dance and theatre forms Panel 2 – 1115am: “Media and the Digital” – Emergent scholarship and artistic practices that use technology inventively in Indian dance.
Panel 3 – 2pm: “Modernity re-imagined” – Postmodern reimaginings in Indian dance theatre.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Panel 4 – 10am: Global Contexts: War, Terrorism and new context for Indian Dance
And an exciting performance Sat night featuring Maya Krishna Rao (India), Hari Krishnan (Canada), Dominique Delorme (France) & Johanna Devi (Germany)!
Get tickets here: http://ev11.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=DCV&linkID=uci&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=
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5.Riverside, CA, USA. 15-17 November 2013: Cynthia and Sandra present a paper, “Decentering Nationalist Discourses and Remapping Identity in Contemporary (Indian) Dance,” at the CORD/SDHS Conference.
Cynthia and Sandra will present a paper entitled “Decentering Nationalist Discourses and Remapping Identity in Contemporary (Indian) Dance” at Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders, the joint conference of the Congress on Research in Dance & the Society of Dance History Scholars. Their paper analyzes work by Johanna Lanzaro and the Post Natyam Collective, investigating how contemporary Indian dance-works by non-Indians prevents the mapping of race, culturally specific dance forms, and nation onto each other in expected ways, thereby unsettling the conflation between Indian aesthetics and ethnic identity.
Paper Presentation: “Dancing National Representations” Breakout Session, Nov. 15, 9-10:30 am, Mission Inn B
Mission Inn & the Culver Center of the Arts
November 14 – 17, 2013
Preliminary Conference Schedule: http://www.cordance.org/2013schedule
Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders is a historic joint conference by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) that also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. In the second decade of the 21st century, historic events are shaping and shifting global orders, posing new challenges to Empire. Emergent economies, mediatized popular revolutions, the U.S. abetted and sponsored “War On Terror,” and unequal distribution of wealth are salient features, resulting from increased transnational connections and desires for mobility brought about by globalization. This conference invites a reflection on the impact that these developments are having on dancers and dances, and the ways in which practitioners and scholars understand dance practices in political, cultural, and historical terms. Questions that will be explored include: What can dance offer in developing new approaches to the body and globalization? How does a global perspective help us re-think dances past and present? How do traditional dance research methods and/or study of historic dance forms contribute to critical dance studies at a time of shifting global orders? How are the borders of dance itself as a discipline and a practice changing with these global shifts? By embracing the diverse definitions of dance, paying attention to its multiple genealogies, to the efficacy and the shifts it makes through movement, how can we intervene in critical discourses of power? Why is the intersection of dance and power a crucial juncture to explore?
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6. Los Angeles, USA. 22 November 2013: Shyamala performs in “We Used to See This” by Meena Murugesan at UCLA.
6:30p and 8p (subject to change, please check website to confirm. Space is limited!)
UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall, Amber Theater
MFA candidate Meena Murugesan concludes her graduate studies with a performance / multi-media installation experience that deconstructs bharata natyam and the places where it is performed. Re-writing. Re-interpreting. Re-imagining. History.
Ticket Price: $15/$8
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7. Taipei, Taiwan. 29 November-1 December 2013: Cynthia presents a paper co-written with Sandra, “Kinesthetic Empathy, Rasa, and Yvonne Rainer’s Indian Journal” at the World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Conference.
Cynthia presents a paper co-written with Sandra entitled “Kinesthetic Empathy, Rasa, and Yvonne Rainer’s Indian Journal” at the World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Conference at the University of Taipei. This paper brings together two close readings of American postmodern dancer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer’s Indian Journal, written during Rainer’s five week trip to India in 1971. Focusing particularly on Rainer’s description of witnessing a performance by Kathakali performer, Kunjan Nayar, our re-readings will work with and against Susan Leigh Foster’s analysis of this passage in Choreographing Empathy (2005 and 2011), which investigates how discourses of empathy served to rationalize exploitation and othering in the context of European colonial histories. Re-reading the passage through Indian understandings of spectatorship, specifically rasa theory, produces a very different power dynamic than that posited by Foster: our re-readings suggest a moment of intersubjective and intercultural transformation.
The dialogue between the two re-readings will briefly sketch out some influences that Indian aesthetics may have had on Rainer’s artistic practice. After her trip to India, Rainer shifted from the object-like formalism of her high minimalist dances that emphatically declared “no to moving and being moved” (Rainer, No Manifesto) to films that explored an urgent investment in shared emotion and narrative. Her understanding of emotion as a shared rather than purely personal psychological phenomenon; her deconstructive fragmenting of narrative; and her critiques of the performer-spectator relationship, the gaze, and identification suggest both radical cultural translation of and unexpected resonances with elements of Indian aesthetic theory.
World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific – Annual General Meeting and Conference
Friday 29 November–Sunday 1 December 2013
University of Taipei (formerly Taipei Physical Education College), Tien-mu campus
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8. Chennai, India. 18-22 December 2013. Sandra presents a paper at Purush: The Global Dancing Male Conference/Performance Conclave.
Kartik Fine Arts & Arangham Trust present
Purush: The Global Dancing Male
December 18-22, 2013 Chennai
Building upon the incredible success of “Mad and Divine” (2011) and “Epic Women” (2012), Arangham Trust in association with Kartik Fine Arts is delighted to present yet another conference, “PURUSH: The Global Dancing Male” from December 20-22, 2013 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, Chennai. The pre-conference shows will be held at Alliance Francaise on Dec 18 & 19, 2013.
Created and curated by Dr. Anita Ratnam (Artistic Director of Arangham Trust) and co-curated by Hari Krishnan (Professor of Dance, Wesleyan University, USA), PURUSH is a five-day festival, dedicated to explorations of the male dancer in India and the diaspora from classical traditions to contemporary manifestations, from hyper masculine aesthetics to female impersonation, from historical colonial modernity to twenty-first century global realities.
PURUSH is produced by Arangham Trust in co-operation with Kartik Fine Arts for their annual dance conference titled NATYA DARSHAN. Started in 2001 this stellar event has become the crucible for discussions, deliberations, presentations and lectures on dance and dance-led issues. Headed by Mr L Sabaretnam as Chairman, KFA is also one of the top three cultural organisations in Chennai, whose December dance festival features the best of classical dance from India and beyond.
Featuring powerful performances by established and emerging male dancers, PURUSH also includes discussions and panel presentations with leading scholars from the fields of dance history, cultural studies, and gender studies, interrogating the past, present and future of the Indian male dancer.
Major highlights of PURUSH include honoring Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” instituted by Kartik Fine Arts, felicitating some of the leading male Bharatanatyam gurus of today and the world premieres of cutting-edge contemporary and classical solo and ensemble works specially commissioned for this conference.
PURUSH promises to be an inspired and explosive gathering of diverse artists and scholars and will speak to audiences interested in the male dancing body, history and the politics of gender.
Curator & Convener: Dr. Anita R Ratnam
Administrative Consultant: Hari Krishnan
December 18 & 19, 2013
Alliance Francaise, College Road, Chennai
DEC 18 (Wednesday)
7.30pm: VINAY KUMAR (Pondicherry) presents THE TENTH HEAD (Ravana) – Theatre
Post performance discussion moderated by Dr. Anita Ratnam
DEC 19 (Thursday)
7.30pm: NIMMI RAPHAEL (Pondicherry) presents NIDRAVATHWAM – Theatre
Post performance discussion moderated by Hari Krishnan
December 20 – 22, 2013
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai
DEC 20 (Friday morning)
10 am: PAVITHRA BHAT (Mumbai)
10.15am: Inauguration by Mr. L. SABARETNAM (Chairman of Kartik Fine Arts)
Welcome address by Dr. ANITA RATNAM (Founder-Artistic Director, Arangham Trust)
10.45am: Opening Address by LEELA VENKATARAMAN (Delhi) and Dr. DEVDUTT PATTANAIK (Mumbai)
11.30am: Coffee break
11.45am: Panel 1: THE IDEA OF THE MALE DANCER IN INDIA: PATRIARCHY, SEXUALITY, AND PERFORMANCE
Panelists: Dr. ANN DAVID (UK) and Dr.SANDRA CHATTERJEE (Austria/Germany/India)
Moderator: Hari Krishnan
DEC 20 (evening)
5pm: PT NARENDRAN AND GROUP (Chennai) – Bharatanatyam group
6.15pm: ASTAD DEBOO (Mumbai) presents DANCE EXPRESSION – Contemporary
7.30pm: RUDRAKSHYA DANCE ENSEMBLE (Bhubaneswar) – Odissi group
DEC 21 (Saturday morning)
9.30am: Welcome address by Dr. ANITA RATNAM
9.40am: Gurus to be honored: Udupi Laxminarayan, K Kalyanasundaram, Adyar Lakshman, Herambanathan, CV Chandrasekhar, VP Dhananjayan, CK Balagopalan, A Janardhanan, MV Narasimhachari, Ramli Ibrahim, Dr. Sunil Kothari
10.40am: Coffee Break
11am: MALE MOVES (1910-2010) from the Khokar Dance Archives. Screening of short film featuring Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal, Nala Najan and Bhaskar Roy Choudury, introduced by ASHISH MOHAN KHOKAR (Bangalore), followed by Q & A
12pm: Panel 2: BHARATANATYAM AND THE MALE BODY: TECHNIQUE AND QUESTIONS OF EMBODIMENT
Panelists: HERAMBANATHAN & Hari Krishnan (Tanjore variation 1), KALYANASUNDARAM & Hari Krishnan (Tanjore variation 2), VAZHUVOOR MANIKKA VINAYAGAM & Shanmugha Sundaram (Vazhuvoor), CV CHANDRASEKHAR & P Praveen Kumar (Kalakshetra)
Moderators: B.M. Sundaram and Hari Krishnan
DEC 21 (evening)
5pm: NAVTEJ JOHAR (Delhi) – Contemporary Bharatanatyam
6pm: Four emerging dancers featuring KALAMANDALAM SURESH KALIYATH (Pondicherry) – Ottanthullal, SINAM BASU SINGH (Manipur) – Manipuri, ANUJ MISHRA (Lucknow) – Kathak, Chhau dance
7.30pm: A. LAKSHMANASWAMY (Chennai) – Bharatanatyam
At Nageswara Rao Park
8pm – 10pm: DRAUPADI VASTRAPAHARANAM, Therukoothu by Purisai Doraiswamy Kannappa Thambiran Paramparai Therukoothu Manram
DEC 22 (Sunday morning)
8.15am: Music by ANIL SRINIVASAN & SIKKIL GURUCHARAN
9.45am: Welcome address by Dr. ANITA RATNAM
10am: Disciple of Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak)
10.15 am: Conferring LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on Kathak Guru Pt. Birju Maharaj (Delhi). Screening of film snippets of Birju Maharaj’s work on stage and film
11.30am: Coffee Break
11.45am: Vote of thanks by Mr. Sabaretnam and Dr. Anita Ratnam
12pm: Panel 3: CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DANCE AND THE MALE DANCER
Panelists: RAMLI IBRAHIM (Malaysia), JAY PATHER (South Africa), SOORAJ SUBRAMANIAM (Belgium)
Moderator: Hari Krishnan
1pm: Closing remarks by RUSTOM BHARUCHA (Kolkata)
DEC 22 (evening)
5pm: PARSHWANATH UPADHYE (Bangalore) presents PURUSHAARDHAM: THE MALE HALF – Bharatanatyam
5.30pm: UMA choreographed by Hari Krishnan
6.15pm: KALA KRISHNA and group (Hyderabad) – Perrini Thandavam and NAVAJANARDANA PARIJATHAM in Andhra Natyam
7.30pm: PT. BIRJU MAHARAJ (Delhi) – Kathak
Program subject to change
Morning sessions are free, evening shows are ticketed
Therukoothu performance is free
Valet parking will be available at venue in the evenings.
For tickets, please contact Kartik Fine Arts: 24997788 / 90948 29675
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Kathak maestro Pt Birju Maharaj will be honored with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD instituted by Kartik Fine Arts on the morning of Dec 22, 2013.
The 75 year old maestro is the winner of the National Award for Best Choreography at the 60th National Film Awards this year for choreographing the song Unnai Kaanadhu Naan, which features Kamal Haasan performing Kathak in his multilingual film ‘Vishwaroopam.’ Snippets of Birju Maharaj’s work on stage and film, including dance scene from Viswaroopam will be screened. He would be performing ABHINAYA to THUMRIS for the award presentation.
Master of Arts by Tulsi Badrinath
TV coverage of the book launch of Tulsi Badrinath’s latest book ‘Master of Arts- A life in Dance’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on April 24, 2013. This narrative non-fiction about male dancers and the world of Indian classical dance is published by Hachette India. The launch featured performances by VP Dhananjayan, Tulsi Badrinath and the Bharata Kalanjali troupe.
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