This spring we are delighted to welcome back our founding member, Shyamala Moorty, from her sabbatical. We are happy that Shyamala has taken the time to be with her beloved baby, Roshan, and we are thankful to have her warmth, creativity, and positive spirit actively feed our process again.
Post Natyam Collective members are engaged in a wide variety of entwined creative, scholarly, and teaching work this spring, much of it related to our Reimagining Citizenship exchange on citizenship and its exclusions. In Greensboro, Cynthia is enjoying teaching an interdisciplinary praxis-based course on feminist and queer performance-making at UNCG. She also continues work on blood run, her ongoing project exploring her Han colonizer and plains indigenous heritages. Over the next several months, she will share elements of blood run in the form of theory-practice artist talks, collaborative think tanks, audience interactions, and performative papers in academic and artistic contexts in Greensboro, Berkeley, Miami, and New York. She is looking forward to performances of blood run at the BOOM! Festival in April in Charlotte, North Carolina and as part of a shared show entitled more than, less than with Meena at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California in June. Meena’s work in more than, less than reflects her continuing year-long attempt to make dances related to issues of anti-Blackness in South Asian communities. Meena is also creating a multi-channel video installation for d. Sabela grimes’ newest dance-theater work, Electrogynous, on Blackness and gender fluidity.
In Salzburg, Sandra is working on a project titled “Dance and Migration” at the University of Salzburg, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; WKP 32). In addition, based on her research as part of the recently completed Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project “Traversing the Contemporary (pl)” (P_24190_G15) she will be presenting two joint lecture-performances on “Traversing the Contemporary: Intertwined Practices of Contemporary Dance in Germany” in collaboration with Johanna Devi and Claudia Jeschke at Tanzkongress in Hannover in June. She and her friend and colleague Siglinde Lang have been awarded a prize in the FutureLab competition in Salzburg, for the concept of a festival titled 7Hoch2 (72). Meanwhile, Shyamala continues teaching yoga at West LA College and performing “Indian Mythology and Me” in elementary schools with Sheetal Gandhi and Ulka Simone Mohanty. She is also working with a team of dance educators to create a curriculum for a UC Irvine study to prove that ESL (English as a Second Language) learners grasp science better through the medium of dance and visual arts.
1. Berkeley, USA. 11 March 2016: Cynthia presents at the Dance Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley.
2. Berkeley, USA. 12 March 2016: Cynthia performs “The Decolonial Fortune-teller” at the Gutsy Series Continue reading