The Post Natyam Collective is a transnational, web-based coalition of dance artists whose work triangulates between art-making, activism, and theory. Committed to the political possibility of collaboration, our online processes allow us to lovingly debate feminist-of-color, queer, and postcolonial issues through the body, creating interdisciplinary dance and media work with a critical edge. Post Natyam Collective members are steeped in South Asian and other movement forms such as bharatanatyam, kathak, kuchipudi, odissi, yoga, contact improvisation, Polynesian, house, U.S. modern and postmodern dance, release, European contemporary dance, and somatic bodywork; the training of each artist is unique. In addition to dance, we work with multimedia, theater, art installations, creative writing, music, and scholarship. Drawing on these diverse tools, we create border-crossing artistic works shared with audiences on the web, in theaters, universities, through writing and with communities. The Post Natyam Collective consists of Sandra Chatterjee (Munich/Salzburg/India), Cynthia Ling Lee (Santa Cruz), Shyamala Moorty (Los Angeles), and Meena Murugesan (Los Angeles).
The artistic and academic work of Post Natyam Collective members has been presented internationally at venues such as Actor’s Studio (Kuala Lumpur); ADF Dancing for the Camera Festival (Durham); Adyaya (Bangalore); ArtSensAsian Project 06 (Munich); Asia Society (New York); Congress on Research in Dance Conference (Ann Arbor); Chandra Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai); Chhaya Nat (Dhaka); Dancing in the Margins Festival (Los Angeles); Dance Theater Workshop (New York); Digital Media and Learning Conference (San Francisco); Galerie Kullukcu (Munich); Department of Performing Arts (Phnom Penh); Diasporadics (New York); ICCR (Kolkata); IGNITE! Contemporary Dance Festival (New Delhi); India International Centre (New Delhi); Indonesian Dance Festival (Jakarta); Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (Kathmandu); Kuandu Arts Festival (Taipei); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles); Masala, Mehndi, Masti!! (Toronto); Merkin Hall (New York); National Asian American Theater Festival (Los Angeles); the Park’s New Festival (Chennai); Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia); the Other Festival (Chennai); REDCAT (Los Angeles); Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf); and The Roxy (Prague).
About the Post Natyam Collective’s long distance process:
With members scattered across the globe, Post Natyam started experimenting with creating a long distance, web-based process in 2008. The process consists of posting creative assignments, responses, and feedback creating a virtual studio space to investigate different topics, artistic practices and to generate new creative material. Click here to see “Cyber Chat” an artistic rendering of one of our long distance meetings over SKYPE. Click here to see “Yes to Each Other: A Cyber-Manifesto” on collaborative art making.