Post Natyam Anniversary and Fall News

It’s Post Natyam’s 9th Anniversary!  We are delighted to announce the launch of our new micro-site, Cabaret Travels, with highlights of our current long-distance exchange with Aditee Biswas.  Check it out here, and let us know what you think!  Cabaret Travels explores the translations of cabaret across South Asia, Europe, and the U.S. and is made possible in part through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Sandra in UNFINISHED, photo: Varun Sharma

This fall is also jam-packed with performances by members of the Post Natyam Collective, including premieres of exciting new work.  Sandra premiered UNFINISHED, her full-length solo show inspired by portraits of the Indian-Hungarian painter Amrita Sher-Gil and directed by Aditee Biswas, at the Max Mueller Bhavan in New Delhi.  Anjali premiered a trilogy of live dance and video installation around the theme of rebellion and Judaism; the work was created in response to Andi Arnovitz’s artwork and was presented by the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.  Shyamala is a Resident Artist at El Camino College in Los Angeles and will be presenting a new work she created with Desijam Dance Collective members, Ulka Simone Mohanty and Meena Murugesan, on October 20th.  In addition, Post Natyam will be featured in Dance Conversations at UC Irvine, a symposium that focuses on the embedding of theatrical and musical tradition within Indian classical dance, including artists from Europe, Asia, and North America.  Finally, this November look out for Cynthia and Sandra presenting at the CORD/SDHS Conference at UC Riverside, and Shyamala performing in Meena Murugesan’s MFA concert at UCLA!

Warmly,

Post Natyam Collective

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Events:

PERFORMANCES

  1. New Delhi, INDIA. 5-8 September 2013: Sandra premiered Unfinished (directed by Aditee BIswas) at MMB New Delhi.
  2. Overland Park, KS, U.S.A. 29 September 2013:  Anjali premiered new work, “Hear Her”, “See Her”, “Touch Her” at the Jewish Community Center in O.P. K.S from 3-5pm opening night Art Reception
  3. Torrance, CA, 20 October 2013: Shyamala performs a new version of “What’s Your Stereotype?” at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium.
  4. Irvine, CA, USA. 25-27 October 2013: Post Natyam participates in Dance Conversations II.
  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.
  6. Los Angeles, USA. 22 November 2013: Shyamala performs in “We Used to See This” by Meena Murugesan at UCLA.
  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.
  8. Chennai, India. 18-22 December 2013. Sandra presents a paper at Purush: The Global Dancing Male Conference/Performance Conclave. 

Details:

1. New Delhi, INDIA. 5-8 September 2013: Sandra premieres Unfinished (directed by Aditee BIswas) at MMB New Delhi.

UNFINISHED

6, 7 & 8 September 2013

Siddhartha Hall, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan

Entry: Limited seats. Registration required

To register please write to Programm@delhi.goethe.org

Unfinished is an interdisciplinary dance-theatre project, by director Aditee Biswas and choreographer Sandra Chatterjee.

The project marks the centenary of Amrita Sher-Gil’s (1913-1941) birth and grew out of dialogues between the director and the choreographer inspired by Amrita Sher-Gil’s work – from childhood drawings to her final unfinished painting. Biswas and Chatterjee both resonate with Sher-Gil’s life and work. Just as Sher-Gil traveled to various continents and absorbed cultural influences that impacted her ideas and work, they too straddle Europe and India in idiosyncratic ways, assuming the role of translators.

Unfinished unfolds into abstracted movement sequences, fragments of text and images exploring different facets of a nomadic aesthetic, focusing on changing motifs in transit between Europe and India. Drawing on associations with Sher-Gil’s images and the resonances they have in the present-day lives of the director and choreographer, the project explores the tensions, distances, displacements and overlaps of a nomadic aesthetic that feminist theorist Rosi Braidotti describes as in transit and neither here nor there.

Credits:

Performance and Choreography: Sandra Chatterjee

Sound design: Peter Arun Pfaff

Costumes: Shree Biswas

Technical Director: Rajesh Singh

Direction & Design: Aditee Biswas

Production is supported by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi.

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2. Overland Park, KS, U.S.A. 29 September 2013:  Anjali premieres new work, “Hear Her”, “See Her”, “Touch Her” at the Jewish Community Center in O.P. K.S from 3-5pm opening night Art Reception

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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.

Information: http://www.elcamino.edu/commadv/centerforarts/mainstage.html

El Camino College

Marsee Auditorium

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

www.centerforthearts.org

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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

UC Irvine

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

Irvine, CA

FREE

Must pre-register, space is limited:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/447584

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

Riverside, California

November 14 – 17, 2013

http://www.cordance.org/2013AnnualConference

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

http://arts.ucla.edu/calendar/2013/11/22/mfa-upstarts-series-presents-meena-murugesan/

www.wacd.ucla.edu

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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

http://www.wda-ap.org/wda-ap/wda_event/2013/2013_WDAAP_AGM.htm

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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
Conference/Performance Conclave
December 18-22, 2013 Chennai

http://www.narthaki.com/info/prv13/prv771.html

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

For info: 2013.purush@gmail.com

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.
http://www.birjumaharaj-kalashram.com/

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.
http://www.thamarai.com/videos/90167/cinema/vishwaroopam-making-of-unnai-kaanadha-naan.html

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkA63U-RSDo
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WHAT’S NEW IN SUMMER 2013

Many wonderful changes are afoot in the Post Natyam Collective!  We are delighted to welcome Anjali back into the fold after a year-long sabbatical.  We’re also excited to announce Cabaret Travels, our newest long-distance exchange with New Delhi-based director, Aditee Biswas.  Our explorations engage with the theme of cabaret’s translations and appropriations across the Indian subcontinent, Europe, and the United States.  This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

(Cynthia and Sandra in Salzburg, April 2013)

The Post Natyam Collective was recently featured in an article by Nirmala Nataraj in the American Theater Magazine and in scholar Christine Garlough’s Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances.  Do check out the article and the book!

(IN-Person Party in LA, April 2013)

This summer, individual members are busy with many exciting projects.  Anjali was recently awarded a grant along with several other local artists by the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City to develop a work around the theme of “rebellion.”  Anjali presented her first arangetram, the dance debut of her student, Kavya Shivashankar.  In Los Angeles, Sangita released another installment of Bollynatyam’s Global Bollywood Dance Project featuring Bollywood America and Jonathan Bosco; she’s also working with Cynthia on a new dance-for-camera piece.  Shyamala is now offering summer yoga and pilates classes at We Love Yoga in Long Beach, CA.  Look out for her new collaboration, Stories…on the MOVE!, with Sheetal Gandhi, Jas Ahluwalia, and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia in the Ford Amphitheatre’s Summer Series, Big! World! Fun! in Hollywood.  Shyamala and Cynthia attended the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Microfest USA: Honolulu this June.  Sandra has presented papers from her new research and excerpts from her choreographic work at the Nordic Forum for Dance Research/Society of Dance History Scholars conference in Trondheim, Norway and the Symposium INDIAN DANCE IN A GLOBAL AGE at the Indian Embassy in Berlin in June and will present a paper co-written by Cynthia and herself in Kolkata at the Dance Matters 2 Conference in July. Cynthia has been honored to receive a prestigious Santa Monica Artist Fellowship and is excited to start a new faculty position in the dance department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in August.

Ranri (Widow/courtesan), performed at Braiding Rivers Festival, Chicago, April 2013, photo Megan Mia

 

We’d like to close by sharing Yes to Each Other: A Cyber-Manifesto, our new dance-for-camera manifesto guest edited by our colleague, Prumsodun Ok.  The work is part of our Cyber Chat series, dance-for-video shorts inspired by Skype aesthetics, and was supported in part by the City of Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Program.

 

.Recent Press:

“[The Post Natyam Collective’s] artistic signature can be read as equal parts scholarship and vigorous theatricality, equal parts critical theory and punch-to-the-gut emotional impact.”
-Nirmala Nataraj, American Theater Magazine, May 2013

 

Super Ruwaxi, performed at EVOKE Festival, LA, March 2013: photo: Michelle Magalong

 


Events:

PERFORMANCES

Details:

1. Trondheim, NORWAY. 10 June 2013. Sandra presents a paper at the NOFOD/SDHS conference.

Dance ACTions – Traditions and Transformation

The Nordic Forum for Dance Research (NOFOD) and The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) International Joint Conference in Dance Research

8 – 11 June 2013

Hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim Norway

http://www.nofod.org/conferences/

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2. Berlin, GERMANY. 24 June 2013. Sandra presents a paper and a excerpt of her choreography at the INDIAN DANCE IN A GLOBAL AGE symposium.

For a report on the event, please see: http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev13/rev1441.html

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3. Kolkata, INDIA. 19 July 2013: Sandra presents a paper co-written with Cynthia at Dance Matters 2 Conference.

Dance Matters II: Frontiers of Performance Research

July 19 and 20, 2013, at Jadavpur University.

for Details please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/149519998531115/?fref=ts

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4. Los Angeles, USA. 27 July 2013: Shyamala Moorty and Sheetal Gandhi will be performing a new family show “Stories…on the MOVE!” at the Ford Theater.

Saturday, July 27, 10am
“Stories…on the MOVE!”
with Dancing Storytellers Sheetal Gandhi and Shyamala Moorty
and live musicians Jas and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia

Big!World!Fun! Family Series
Ford Ampitheater
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East, Hollywood, CA 90068
tickets $5, children under 12 free
tickets: http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/614
More about the show: http://dancingstorytellers.com/

Dancing storytellers Sheetal Gandhi and Shyamala Moorty artfully weave rhythm, song, gesture and facial expression into a dynamic and fun exploration of Indian mythology and it’s connections to the world today.  Accompanied by live musicians Jas Ahluwalia on tabla and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia on santoor, this quartet of artists contemporize traditional narratives that reinforce human compassion and the celebration of differences.

 

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Classes

5. Long Beach, USA. Mondays and Thursdays, May-August 2013: Shyamala is offering yoga and pilates classes at “We Love Yoga.”

Strengthen your core, stretch your body, focus and calm your mind!

Mondays 11-12:15am*: pilates
Mondays 12:30-1:30pm*: community flow yoga (only $5 a class!)
Thursdays 7:45-9pm*: pilates

We Love Yoga
2020 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA  90814
(562) 396-4230 or (562) 3-YOGA-30

*Be sure to check the on-line schedule for changes and updates:

http://www.weloveyogalb.com

 
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WHAT’S NEW IN SPRING 2013

Working on projects as diverse as contemporary abhinaya, in-your-face super-heroines, and Bollywood, this March and April Post Natyam Collective members are performing, presenting, and teaching across the United States and Europe.  In Los Angeles, Shyamala and Cynthia are performing “Super Ruwaxi: Origins” as part of East West Players’ EVOKE Festival; they will also travel to Chicago to perform What’s Your Stereotype?, an evening of contemporary Indian dance-theater for the Braiding Rivers Festival at Links Hall.  In Salzburg, Cynthia will join Sandra to present and teach workshops for Rapture and Rupture: Love and Emotion in Contemporary Dance at the University of Salzburg; they will also perform together in Munich as part of Integrier-Bar. Sandra will then travel to Los Angeles to present a paper for the CORD/DUC conference, Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects.In other news, “Cyber Chat,” Post Natyam’s dance-for-camera video, is showing in Long Beach through the end of March, as part of an exhibition that honors Shyamala as a 2013 Long Beach Artist Fellow.  In addition, Sangita’s Global Bollywood Dance Project continues this month and features Neda Sadeghi, a Swedish Bollywood dancer of Iranian origin.

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PERFORMANCES

  1. Long Beach, USA. 1 February- 31 March 2013. Post Natyam’s “Cyber Chat” is featured at The Collaborative Gallery.
  2. Los Angeles, USA.  14-17 March 2013. Cynthia and Shyamala perform “Super Ruwaxi: Origins” at East West Players’ EVOKE Festival.
  3. Los Angeles, USA. 23 March Month 2013: Shyamala performs “Potty Talk” in the LA Women’s Theater Festival, 20th Anniversary.
  4. Chicago, USA. 5-7 April 2013: Cynthia and Shyamala perform “What’s your Stereotype?” at Links Hall.
  5. Salzburg, Austria. 11-12 April 2013: Sandra and Cynthia participate in “Rapture and Rupture: Love and Emotion in Contemporary Dance” at Universität Salzburg.
  6. Munich, GERMANY. 14. April 2013. Cynthia and Sandra participate in INTEGRIER-BAR 10
  7. Los Angeles, USA. 19-21 April 2013.  Sandra presents a paper at the CORD/DUC conference, Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects.

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  8. Long Beach, USA. Starting 18 March, 2013, Shyamala will be teaching mat pilates at We Love Yoga.

Details:

1. Long Beach, USA. 1 February- 31 March 2013. Post Natyam’s “Cyber Chat” is featured at The Collaborative Gallery.

“PLACE AND TIME: The 2013 Professional Artist Fellows” Gallery Show
Curated by Jeff Rau of Sixpack Projects, presented by The Arts Council for Long Beach.
Featuring recent work from five Long Beach artists recently awarded Professional Artist Fellowship grants by the Arts Council for Long Beach–Terry Braunstein, Shyamala Moorty, Jeff Rau, Hiromi Takizawa, and P. Williams–including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation. https://www.facebook.com/events/458442880871487/
Opening is 7-10pm, Friday, Feb 1.  Exhibit is open through March 31
Gallery:  The collaborative: 421 W. Broadway, Ste. 775, Long Beach, Ca

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2. Los Angeles, USA.  14-17 March 2013. Cynthia and Shyamala perform “Super Ruwaxi: Origins” at East West Players’ EVOKE Festival.

Cynthia and Shyamala perform Super Ruwaxi: Origins the origin story of how Wu Ruwaxi, a nerdy Chinese-American teenager, becomes Super Ruwaxi, a feminist super-heroine with magical gender-bending body odor.  Inspired by American and Indian comic book traditions, the piece hijacks and reinvents cultural material ranging from Superman to Judith Butler’s gender theory to the Hindu apsara, Urvashi.  Super Ruwaxi: Origins creatively mashes together theater, multimedia, contemporary Indian dance, and audience interaction to create a live comic-book story about queerness, coming of age, and the cultural tensions inherent to immigrant experience.  Developed through the Post Natyam Collective’s long-distance creative process.

The EVOKE Festival nurtures artists and new performance works that expand the dialogue about the Asian Pacific American experiences.  This edition of EVOKE brings to life the vivid reality and imaginations of South Asian American artists, including Jas and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia, Shilpa Agarwal, Snehal Desai, Sheetal Gandhi, Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty, Puja Mohindra, Ami Patel, and SaiQa (Saba Waheed).

All performances will have a post-show discussion with the artists. The Sunday show will be preceded by a brunch and pre-show panel discussion in the East West Players courtyard, starting at 12 noon. Community organizations will have information tables, and food trucks will have savory snacks available for purchase.  Community partners include South Asians for Justice and South Asian Network. Media partner includes Buzzine.

For more information about the artists, visit www.eastwestplayers.org/special_events/evoke.html

Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 at 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
General Admission: $10

https://www.facebook.com/events/126647667515840/

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3. Los Angeles, USA. 23 March Month 2013: Shyamala performs “Potty Talk” in the LA Women’s Theater Festival, 20th Anniversary.

In “Potty Talk” a young woman discovers her heritage in the secrets of the toilet. With a flush, South Asian and Western ideas about culture, hygiene, and class collide as theater, Bollywood dance, and toilet paper flood the stage.  Created and performed by Shyamala Moorty and directed by Leilani Chan.  ”Potty Talk” is an excerpt of RISE, a solo show about the 2002 Gujarat Riots, hailed as a “tour-de-force” by the LA times.
The LA Women’s Theater Festival Celebrates 20 years!
Location: Renberg Theatre at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tickets: http://www.lawtf.org/page18.html
Festival Video: http://youtu.be/vlmvvCCRelc

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4. Chicago, USA. 5-7 April 2013: Cynthia and Shyamala perform “What’s your Stereotype?” at Links Hall.

Fri & Sat at 8pm/ Sun at 7pm
Links Hall
Information and tickets:http://www.linkshall.org/ArtistSupportSponsorship/ArtisticAssociates/BraidingRivers/tabid/181/Default.aspx#weekend1

The opening weekend of the Braiding Rivers Festival celebrates the work of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising and artists from the Post-Natyam Collective based in Los Angeles, CA. Post Natyam will be sharing “What’s Your Stereotype?”

Grappling, challenging, and blowing apart cultural stereotypes, this evening of interdisciplinary performance rewrites Indian dance tradition with humor, craft, and a critical edge.  Created and performed by Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty of the
Post Natyam Collective, “What’s Your Stereotype?” parodies and personalizes received gender and cultural roles in a thought-provoking mixture of contemporary Indian dance, theater, multimedia, and audience interaction.

Braiding Rivers Festival of Contemporary Indian Dance & Theatre is a three-weekend concert series intended to showcase work which navigates identities overlooked in traditional presentations of classical Indian dance. These works challenge assumptions of what is Indian dance, highlights its influences within American dance, and expands conversation on how we shape our identities.Just as malleable water sources can ‘braid’ together to form unique river systems, so has Indian dance braided its classical forms with ever-evolving ideas reflecting our contemporary world. To shed light on regional and national artists engaging with Indian dance in relation to history, socio-cultural identity, and post-colonial / diasporic perspectives.

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5.Salzburg, Austria. 11-12 April 2013: Sandra and Cynthia participate in “Rapture and Rupture: Love and Emotion in Contemporary Dance” at Universität Salzburg.

Rapture and Rupture: Love and Emotion in Contemporary Dance

Workshop, Lecture-Demonstration and Discussion with Cynthia Ling Lee, Nayana Bhat, Georg Lechner, Claudia Jeschke, Anna Wieczoreck and Sandra Chatterjee (Uni Salzburg), 11.-12. April 2013, Tanzstudio Unipark Nonntal

Rapture/Rupture takes a translation of the Indian classical tradition of abhinaya (a complex form of acting used in classical Indian dance, whereby the dancer interprets love poetry using gesture and facial expression in a rich integration of dance, drama, music, and literature)  for a queer, postcolonial, and activist space as its starting point. Expanding from this very culturally specific basis, the goal will be to reflect on the role of emotion in contemporary dance more generally, engaging specifically dance in Europe and the US. In particular we plan to think about the reception of the sensual and emotional qualities of Indian dance in the context of works by well known choreographers, such as Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, Chandralekha, Padmini Chettur, and Raimund Hoghe. In addition we will actively and practically explore current choreographic approaches to love and emotion and their potential for contemporary dance.

The work and artistic research discussed here decentralizes western modern dance tradition from its dominant position in the “contemporary” Euro-American dance world, instead re-envisioning “contemporary” as the creative reframing of non-western tradition through current political issues of gender, sexuality, and race.

Participants: Nayana Bhat (Salzburg, Sead), Georg Lechner (München), Cynthia Ling Lee (Los Angeles), Claudia Jeschke (Universität Salzburg),  Anna Wieczoreck (Universität Salzburg), Sandra Chatterjee (Universität Salzburg).

Organisation: Sandra Chatterjee, Claudia Jeschke

Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts Traversing the Contemporary (pl.): Choreographic Articulations between European and Indian Dance (Austrian Science Fund (FWF)): P24190; 2012-2015.

 

Tanzstudio (Raum Nummer 2.105), Universität Salzburg, Unipark Nonntal
Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg

http://www.w-k.sbg.ac.at/aktuelles/veranstaltungskalender/veranstaltungsdetails/article/852/rapture-and.html?no_cache=1&cHash=4549bee08f
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6. Munich, GERMANY. 14. April 2013. Cynthia and Sandra participate in INTEGRIER-BAR 10

Fem-migrant Super-heroines: Weibliche Partizipation in der politischen Kultur der Dominanzgesellschaft

Vier Frauen (jede mit sogenanntem “Migrationshintergrund”) unterhalten sich in der Integrier-BAR 10 über verschiedene Formen der politischen Teilhabe: von parteipolitischem Engagement, über politische Intervention durch Performance und Kunst. Desweiteren steht politische Artikulation durch Bloggen und Comics auf dem Plan.

Die performative Eröffnung dieser Integrier-Bar ist “Super Ruwaxi,” eine live-Komikbuch Performance der Post Natyam Collective, die erzählt wie aus dem streberischen Chinesisch-Amerikanischen Teenager Wu Ruwaxi eine feministische Superheldin wird, deren magischer Körpergeruch die Macht des Gender-bending hat. Inspiriert von Superman, Judith Butler, und der Hinduistischen Apsara Urvashi kommentiert diese Entwicklungs-Komik Performance die kulturellen Spannungen der Migrationserfahrung, Queerness, und feministische Intervention.

www.integrier-bar.de

 

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7. Los Angeles, USA. 19-21 April 2013. Sandra presents a paper at the CORD/DUC conference, Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects.

The UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures / Dance Announces
Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects

A joint conference of the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) Special Topics and Dance Under Construction (the University of California Dance Studies graduate student conference)

Keynote speaker: Gabriele Brandstetter, Freie Universität Berlin
Closing comments: Susan Foster, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

April 19–21, 2013
University of California Los Angeles
Tactical Bodies will interrogate the possibilities and problematics of choreographic analysis. Choreographers, dance researchers and others have extended the concept of choreography to works that do not necessarily involve danced movement, challenging the assumption that choreography must relate to dance and vice versa. In scholarly and other projects, the value of choreography as an approach and a means of analysis has been demonstrated across cultural sites as well as in a variety of disciplinary domains. Yet interdisciplinary exchange is rare both because of the manner in which the academic disciplines are organized in the institution, and because of the marginal position that dance has historically held as an art form and area of study.

Tactical Bodies provides an opportunity to enrich the discourse surrounding “choreography” on the one hand, and on the other, to ask what the concept does in disciplines other than dance studies. We invite submissions from researchers in disciplines such as performance studies, curatorial studies, comparative literature, art history and criticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies, post-colonial studies, urban planning, education, and history, as well as art practitioners, curators, social justice activists, and scholars studying human behavior in the health and other sciences.

http://www.cordance.org/2013STC

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Classes

8. Long Beach, USA. Starting 18 March, 2013, Shyamala will be teaching mat pilates at We Love Yoga.

Mondays 12:30-1:30pm
2020 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA  90814
(562) 396-4230 or (562) 3-YOGA-30

http://www.weloveyogalb.com/We_Love_Yoga/Home.html

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WHAT’S NEW IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2012

Last month we celebrated the 8th anniversary of the Post Natyam Collective! This November finds Post Natyam Collective members in different parts of the world, furthering their investigation of critical and creative approaches to South Asian dance through academic and body-based research, creative exchange, and teaching. Cynthia leaves Singapore, where she recently concluded a successful collaboration with Maya Dance Theatre, for Kuala Lumpur, where she will participate in Work It!, a think-tank for Asian and European female performing artists whose work revolves around issues of gender and performance. In Europe, Sandra continues her research work on contemporary Indian dance, while in Los Angeles, Shyamala is finishing the TeAda Writing for Performance Series, which she co-facilitated, while continuing teaching yoga and pilates privately and at community colleges.Also, recently, two co-written articles by Sandra and Cynthia have been published: “Initiate, Transform, Sustain, Reach Out: Post Natyam Collective Members Reflect on Long-Distance Collaboration” is available online in the ejournal www.p-art-icipate.net“Choreographing Coalition in Cyber-Space: Post Natyam’s Politico-Aesthetic Negotiations” in Feminist Media: Participatory Spaces, Networks and Cultural Citizenship, eds. Elke Zobl and Ricarda Düecke. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag: 146–157.An article written by Sandra (in German), “Post-migrantisch? Nomadisch? Hapa? Was für eine Erfahrung …?!” will appear in December 2012 in in Urmila Goel, Jose Punnamparambil und Nisa Punammparambil-Wolf (Hrsg.): InderKinder. Über das Aufwachsen und Leben in Deutschland. Heidelberg: Draupadi Verlag, Dezember 2012.

 

 

 

 

Shyamala at the Thacher School, photo by Cynthia Ling LeeCynthia and the Thacher dancersCynthia with some of the members of Maya Dance Theatre at the Substation Theatre (from left to right: Yoshi Jacobsen, Shahrin Johry, Cynthia Ling Lee, Melody Tee, and Sheridan Newman).

 

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Events:

PERFORMANCES

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9 November 2012. Cynthia performs in Work It! Public Performance.
  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 14 November 2012. Cynthia participates in Work It! Open Studio.
  3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 17 November 2012. Cynthia participates in Work It! Panel Discussion.

Details:

1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9 November 2012. Cynthia performs in Work It! Public Performance. (Program A)

Work It! Public Performance

Smart, sassy and in yer face!
12 women performing artists from 12 countries
2 nights of sharing their work and perspectives

Program A: 8.30pm, Friday 9 Nov
Program B: 8.30pm, Saturday 10 Nov

Venue: The Black Box, MAP @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

Work It! is a project bringing together female performing artists from Asia and Europe whose work evolves around the gendered depiction of the body on stage. For 10 days, these artists will meet in Kuala Lumpur to share their artistic practice, create new networks and explore their diverse understandings of feminism.

How do you perform a woman onstage? How do you negotiate how a society regulates work, power, sex and truth? What is creativity’s reaction to convention? And how will women thrive in the performing arts in the current global climate?

The Work It! public showing tackles these questions with theatre, dance, music and good old fashioned women’s wit.

Entry by donation at the door; RM 20 regular, RM 15 for students, seniors & MyDance Alliance members.
Q&A session with the artists following the performance.

Featuring:
Cynthia Ling Lee (Taiwan/USA)
Rita Natalio (Portugal)
Donna Miranda (Philippines)
Joavien Ng (Singapore)
Cuqui Jerez (Spain)
Doris Uhlich (Austria)
Naomi Srikandi (Indonesia)
Mia Habib (Norway)
Geumhyung Jeong (Korea)
Un Yamada (Japan)
Margarita Tsomou (Greece/Germany)
Mislina Mustaffa (Malaysia)

For more information, see www.rimbundahan.org or contact Bilqis at bilqis@rimbundahan.org or +6017 310 3769.

Major Sponsors: Tanzconnexions supported by Goethe-Institut, Creative Encounters supported by Asia-Europe Foundation and Arts Network Asia
Venue Sponsor: MAP @ Publika
Supported by: Japan Foundation, Women’s Aid Organisation
Co-Producer: Rimbun Dahan

 

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2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 14 November 2012. Cynthia participates in Work It! Open Studio.

Work It! Open Studio
The focus of the Work It! project is on the week of closed-door studio sessions for the participants at Rimbun Dahan, in which they will be sharing and developing their arts practice with each other. For one afternoon only, join the artists in an open studio session to get a taste of the Work It! project. All practicing artists, in visual or performing arts, and both male and female, are invited to attend.

2-5pm, Wednesday 14 November 2012
The Dance Studio at Rimbun Dahan
Free entry, but attendance is limited, so please register by emailing bhijjas@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and brief bio.

For more information: www.rimbundahan.org

Major Sponsors: Tanzconnexions supported by Goethe-Institut, Creative Encounters supported by Asia-Europe Foundation and Arts Network Asia
Venue Sponsor: MAP @ Publika
Supported by: Japan Foundation, Women’s Aid Organisation
Co-Producer: Rimbun Dahan

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3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 17 November 2012. Cynthia participates in Work It! Panel Discussion.

Work It! Panel Discussion
At the conclusion of the 10-day project, a public panel discussion with the participants of Work It! will present the process of the closed-door discussions at Rimbun Dahan and share their findings.

2-5pm, Saturday 17 November 2012
The Annexe Central Market
Free Entry

For more information, see www.rimbundahan.org or contact Bilqis at bilqis@rimbundahan.org or +6017 310 3769.

Major Sponsors: Tanzconnexions supported by Goethe-Institut, Creative Encounters supported by Asia-Europe Foundation and Arts Network Asia
Venue Sponsor: MAP @ Publika
Supported by: Japan Foundation, Women’s Aid Organisation
Co-Producer: Rimbun Dahan

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What’s New in September and October 2012

This fall finds Post Natyam Collective members busy with teaching, performing, and artistic projects. Shyamala is one of the teachers in TeAda’s Writing for Performance class, and she is also teaching yoga at West LA College and Pilates at Rio Hondo College. She and Cynthia will be performing at Cynthia’s alma mater, the Thacher School, in Ojai as part of Cynthia’s week-long Anacapa Scholar Residency. Afterwards Cynthia will travel to Singapore to perform and collaborate with Maya Dance Theatre; she will also teach at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and for the Singapore Drama Educators Association, among other organizations. Sandra is returning to Europe after an extended stay in India.

photo: andre Elbing

She will be performing at Buchheim Museum near Munich on October 6th, in connection with an exhibition of bronze sculptures by Meera Mukherjee. Sangita continues to work on her Global Bollywood Dance Project (http://bollynatyam.com/map.php). If you are a Bollywood dancer and would like to be included, please contact her at operations(at)bollynatyam.com.

Cynthia and Sandra were recently interviewed about Post Natyam Collective’s long-distance creative process by Jazmyne Koch for the blog, Unplugged: An Experiment. Read the interview here: http://unplugged-experiment.com/2012/09/10/blogging-choreography-2/ 

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PERFORMANCES

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1. Ojai, USA. 28 September 2012: Cynthia and Shyamala perform an evening of contemporary Indian dance at the Thacher School.

What’s Your Stereotype?Grappling, challenging, and blowing apart cultural stereotypes, this evening of interdisciplinary performance blows open Indian dance tradition with humor, craft, and a critical edge. Created and performed by Cynthia Ling Lee (CdeP ‘98) and Shyamala Moorty of the Post Natyam Collective, What’s Your Stereotype? parodies and personalizes received gender and cultural roles in a thought-provoking mixture of contemporary Indian dance, theater, multimedia, and audience interaction.

FREE ADMISSION
7:30 pm
Milligan Center for the Performing Arts
The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Road Ojai, CA 93023
www.thacher.org
805-646-4377

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2. Bernried, GERMANY. 6 October 2012. Sandra performs at Buchheim Museum. 

6. Oktober 2012, 17 Uhr
Sandra Chatterjee, dancer and research scholar, Munich and Salzburg
Tanz im Werk von Meera Mukherjee: eine Einführung in indischen klassischen Tanz mit getanzten Beispielen. Sandra Chatterjee ist in dem indischen klassischen Tanzstil Kuchipudi sowie in modernen Tanzsprachen ausgebildet und in der kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschung tätig. Sie ist inzwischen international in beiden Bereichen anerkannt und erfolgreich. Meera Mukherjee hat sich in ihrem Werk dem Tanz vor allem über das Thema »Bauls« (bengalischen Anhängern von mystischem Tanz und Gesang) genähert.

http://www.buchheimmuseum.de/aktuell/ausstellungen/meera-mukherjee.php

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3. Singapore. 18-19 October 2012. Cynthia performs in CREATIONS 2012: Another Face in the Crowd at the Substation Theatre.

CREATIONS is Maya Dance Theatre’s platform for choreographers to create new, innovative works for presentation. Cynthia will perform her signature solo, ruddha (rude, huh?) as well as a new duet with Shahrin Johry as part of CREATIONS. Other artists include Max Chen (Singapore) and Shahrin Johry (Singapore)

18 & 19 October 2012, 8pm
The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street Singapore 179936
SGD 25 (Adults) & SGD 20 (Concession)
Tickets available from The Substation Box Office
(boxoffice@substation.org or contact +65 6337 7800)
Info: http://www.mayadancetheatre.org/index.php?page=prod_current_db

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4. Los Angeles, USA. Mondays, Sept 10, 2012 – November 17 2012: Shyamala, D’lo, Kristina Wong, Leilani Chan and others will be teachers in TeAda Production’s Writing for Performance class series.

Writing for Performance
Teachers: Shyamala Moorty, Leilani Chan, D’Lo, Kristina Wong, and other guest artists.
Mondays, 7-10pm
September 10 through November 17th
10 sessions
Led by a top-notch line-up of practicing and established performance artists, choreographers, poets and playwrights; this series of classes offer artists a rare opportunity to develop new solo and small ensemble performance works. These classes are a home for artists wanting to test the boundaries of their discipline while experimenting with new ideas. TeAda’s cross-disciplinary performances embrace a fearless commitment to provide artists a space to explore cultural and political issues most relevant to their communities. Participants who present a 10 minute new work in the final class will be eligible to apply for TEADAWORKS Development Lab & Festival 2013.
Late enrollment may still be available, contact: classes@teada.org

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What’s New in July and August 2012

This July Cynthia and Sandra went to Taipei to attend the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit, where they performed “Ranri (widow/courtesan)” and gave talks on Post Natyam’s long-distance process. In Taipei Sandra also shared an excerpt from her recent work-in-progress titled UNFINISHED, directed by Aditee Biswas. Before leaving for Taiwan, Sandra performed a new duet“Dialogue without a Title,” a choreographic dialogue with Chris Lechner, in Munich.

photo by Michael Burr

 

 

 

 

 

 

In August Shyamala and Cynthia will premiere Subversive Gestures, an evening of work that queers Indian dance, as part of Highways Performance Space’s BEHOLD! Queer Performance Festival. Subversive Gestures features new material from our Un(Epic) Wonder Women project, as well as performances by special invited guests. During August Cynthia and Shyamala will also be in a UCLA Hothouse Residency as part of the Desijam Collective. Cynthia is also excited to have been awarded a 2012 Santa Monica Individual Artist Fellowship to create new work intersecting video technology and Indian dance!

Video still from Super Ruwaxi. Super Ruwaxi will make an appearance at Highways’ BEHOLD! Queer Festival!
See the trailer go to http://vimeo.com/45490742.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would also like to announce that Anjali will be going on a sabbatical from Post Natyam. We wish her all the best and thank her for her spirit and creative energy over the years!

PERFORMANCES

  1. Munich, GERMANY, 12 July 2012: Sandra will perform “Dialogue without a Title,” a choreographic dialogue with Chris Lechner, in Munich.
  2. Taipei, TAIWAN, 15 July 2012: Cynthia presents “Blogging Choreography,” a talk at the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit.
  3. Taipei, TAIWAN, 19 July 2012: Sandra performs and excerpt of UNFINISHED at the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit.
  4. Taipei, TAIWAN, 20 July 2012Cynthia and Sandra perform “Ranri (widow/courtesan” at the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit.
  5. Taipei, TAIWAN, 24-25 July 2012: Cynthia and Sandra give a keynote address on Post Natyam’s long-distance process as part of “The Stage: the Dance Technology International Mini-Conference.”
  6. Los Angeles, CA, USA, 10 August 2012Cynthia and Shyamala premiere “Subversive Gestures” at Highways Performance Space.
  7. Los Angeles, CA, USA, 24 August 2012. Cynthia and Shyamala perform work-in-progress with the Desijam Collective for the UCLA Hothouse Residency.

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1. Munich, GERMANY, 12 July 2012: Sandra will perform “Dialogue without a Title,” a choreographic dialogue with Chris Lechner, in Munich.

Sandra of the Post Natyam Collective will perform a duet with Chris Lechner: “Dialogue without a Title” (premiere)
at
Völkerkunde Museum Munich
Ticket: EUR 14/EUR 8 (students)

What do the journeys from classical dance to contemporary movement contain?
Two dancers investigate the travels, trajectories, and detours that have lead to their arrival at this time, and this place, for this shared exploration.
Where and how can tow dancers- each engrossed in their own journey- meet?
What questions do that ask themselves and each other?
What do their bodies tell each other? Which corporeal narratives meet in this dialogue?
(performance organised by Indien Institut Munich; research for the piece funded by FWF (Austrian Science Fund), as part of the research project “Traversing the Contemporary (pl.): Choreographic Articulations between European and Indian Dance; with the kind support of the Department of Music- and Dance Studies, University of Salzburg)

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2. Taipei, TAIWAN, 15 July 2012: Cynthia presents “Blogging Choreography,” a talk at the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit.

Cynthia presents a Project Dialogue as part of the Global Dance and Children International/World Dance Alliance Dance Summit, entitled “Blogging Choreography: Using the Internet to Collaborate Transnationally.”

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, how do Web 2.0 technologies, social networking and DIY media production redefine the possibilities of choreographic collaboration? Using the working process of the Post Natyam Collective as a case study, we look at how internet tools open up possibilities for cross-border collaboration and artistic coalition. This case study offers a powerful model for how young people can utilize internet and media technologies to create artistic communities, engage in social activism, and express hybrid personal and cultural identities through dance.

1:30-3 pm
Taipei National University of the Arts, Rm C207
http://www.daciwdaintaiwan.org/

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3. Taipei, TAIWAN, 19 July 2012: Sandra performs an excerpt of UNFINISHED at the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit.

UNFINISHED (choreography/Performance Sandra Chatterjee, directed by Aditee Biswas)

With selected portraits painted by Sikh-Hungarian artist Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) as a starting point, UNFINISHED is an interdisciplinary dance-theatre project exploring a nomadic aesthetic, evoked by the experience of “living in translation.” In UNFINISHED, the tensions, distances, gaps, displacements, overlaps and repetitions, which are part of a process of (cultural) translation are played with in order to perform a transnationally mobile female body in its complexity. The excerpt “Bi-Factors” takes inspiration specifically from Amrita Sher-Gil’s self-portraits, culmination in her famous Self-portrait as Tahitian, created in 1934, shortly before her return to India from Paris.

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daCI/WDA Global Summit
Showcase 3, 19 July 1:30-3 pm
at
Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA)
School of Dance
1 Hsueh-Yuan Road. Peitou. Taipei 112, Taiwan. R.O.C
http://www.daciwdaintaiwan.org/PageFrame.html

 

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4. Taipei, TAIWAN, 20 July 2012: Cynthia and Sandra perform “Ranri (widow/courtesan” at the Global daCi/WDA Dance Summit.

Combining contemporary abhinaya (emotional expression in Indian dance), intimate video projection, poetic text, and haunting electro-Hindustani music, Ranri (widow/courtesan) evokes the story of Rasulanbai, a child widow from the 1960s who resisted abuse by her in-laws by escaping to become a courtesan. Sensual and poignant, the courtesan’s world is unexpectedly revealed as a place of woman-centered power and queer female-female love. Rasulanbai’s story was taken from Oldenburg’s fieldwork on the last remaining courtesan communities of Lucknow, India. Lucknow, famous for its singing and dancing courtesans, was one of the historical centers of North Indian classical music and kathak dance.

July 20, 2012, 1:30 pm
Taipei National University of the Arts, Dance Theatre
http://www.daciwdaintaiwan.org/

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5. Taipei, TAIWAN, 24-25 July 2012: Cynthia and Sandra give a keynote address on Post Natyam’s long-distance process as part of “The Stage: the Dance Technology International Mini-Conference.”

Cynthia and Sandra give an extended keynote address entitled “Blogging Choreography: Post Natyam Collective’s Long Distance Collaborations,” as well as participating in roundtable discussion. In our keynote, we ask the question: how do Web 2.0 technologies, social networking tools, and DIY media production redefine the possibilities of choreography? We look at how internet tools open up possibilities for cross-border collaboration and artistic coalition while also reconfiguring the nature of choreographic process and product. Our presentation unveils Post Natyam’s web-based creative process and shares video of our interdisciplinary art-works, which exist at the intersection of live and digital performing bodies.

This international mini-conference on dancing within and beyond technology also features presentations by interdisciplinary artist Renata Sheppard (Torino, Italy) and of Taiwanese dance artists and technologists, Hsiu-ping Chang (Sun-Shier Dance Theatre), Ming-cheng Lee (Body Expression Dance Theater), Chyi-cheng Lin (Laboratory of Performance Technology, TNUA), and Chieh-hua Hsieh (Anarchy Dance Theatre).

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:
24 July, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Keynote Address on “Blogging Choreography” by Post Natyam Collective.
24 July, 1:30-3:30 pm: Presentations by Taiwanese dance artists.
25 July, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Keynote Address by Renata Sheppard.
25 July, 1:30-3:30 pm: Roundtable Discussion

Location: Studio 7, Dance College, Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA)
Information: http://www.daciwdaintaiwan.org/RelatedActivitiesDTIM.html

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6. Los Angeles, CA, USA, 10 August 2012Cynthia and Shyamala premiere “Subversive Gestures” at Highways Performance Space.

Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty present Subversive Gestures, an evening of interdisciplinary performance that queers Indian dance, where gender-bending super-heroines, deconstructed mudras, and lesbian fantasies of courtesan-ancestors descend upon Highways’ unsuspecting audience. Using queer tactics of parodying and personalizing received legacies of gendered performance, this compelling mixture of contemporary Indian dance, multimedia, and theater features special invited guests and audience interaction. Subversive Gestures is part of Highways’ annual summer Queer Performance Festival – BEHOLD!, which takes place July-August 2012.

August 10, 2012, 8:30 pm
(310) 315-1459
http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/behold-a-queer-performance-series/post-natyam-collective-subversive-gestures/

 

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7. Los Angeles, CA, USA, 24 August 2012. Cynthia and Shyamala perform work-in-progress with the Desijam Collective for the UCLA Hothouse Residency.

The eighth annual Hothouse Residency gives six Los Angeles-based choreographers and/or body based performance artists creative residency time and opportunities for exchange. The residency culminates in an all day showing of new works by Hothouse artists. The Desijam Collective, which includes contemporary South Asian choreographers Sheetal Gandhi, Anusha Kedhar, Cynthia Ling Lee, Shyamala Moorty, Ulka Mohanty, Meena Murugesan, with video work by Sangita Shresthova, will share their new in-progress, collaborative dance-works as part of this showing.

All Day (exact schedule TBD)
UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall
www.wac.ucla.edu

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What’s New in May and June

This spring the Post Natyam Collective is excited to be starting our next long-distance creative exploration together, Un(Epic) Wonder Women, combining the larger-than-life world of comic book super-heroines with the quotidian travails of ordinary women.  Please join us on our blog to see our first creative assignments and to give feedback on our material-in-progress.

Still from Shyamala’s Un(Epic) Wonder Women Assignment

 

In other news, this May and June is filled with performances, creative, and scholarly work by Post Natyam members.  In Munich, Sandra is performingTagore on Vinyl – Traveling with Thakur.  Sandra’s and Cynthia’s co-authored paper about Post Natyam’s intermedia, internet-based collaborations will also be presented at the Canadian Society of Dance Studies conference in Montreal. Sangita is off to New York and Prague for research, teaching, and to give talks about Bollywood dance and transmedia. In Los Angeles, Shyamala is directing three solo performances about mothers, grandmothers and ancestry for TeAda Works 2012,

while in Kansas City, Anjali begins work on her one-woman show, Womb Stories.


 

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