This fall marks the Post Natyam Collective’s 10th anniversary! In celebration of our past 10 years together, we have updated our website to document the different processes, performances, writings and other works that we have done together. As we reflect upon our journey thus far and our vision for the future, we find ourselves reaffirming our commitment to process, to praxis, and to each other. On this 10th anniversary, we bid a fond farewell to Anjali Tata-Hudson, one of the founding members of the Collective, and warmly welcome our newest member, Meena Murugesan . Originally from Montreal, Meena is a bharata natyam trained choreographer, filmmaker, and teaching artist who investigates the ways in which South Asian dance histories intersect with western dance histories, re-choreographing these post-colonial junctions through live performance and multi-media.
Meena recently performed a new version of we used to see this, her original installation performance that was influenced by our latest long-distance process: Queering Abhinaya, at Erasing Borders Dance Festival, NYC, 2014 and with Tangente at Monument-National in Montreal. You can find out more about the Queering Abhinaya Process on our website .
Cynthia performed rapture/rupture at the CORD/SDHS conference at the University of Iowa on November 15. rapture/rupture is one of the works that emerged from our long distance process Subversive Gestures , and was co-created by Shyamala and Cynthia with dramaturgy by Sandra.
Cynthia has helped organize the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Intersection , a symposium investigating ensemble-university connections. For the symposium, she co-curated a series of articles on Howlround with Jake Hooker, wrote an essay on Post Natyam’s interweaving of academic theory and ensemble practice, and moderated a roundtable discussion. She also recently collaborated on a new project, ’Accordian Suits for Commutes’ with visual artist Laura Bernstein and choreographer Brianna Taylor. Sandra has given several (conference/symposia) talks related to her current research in the fall, in Germany, France, and India. She will be giving two more talks in December: in Munich, Germany on December 2nd, as part of the series Before Interpretation , and in Salzburg, Austria on December 5th, as part of the symposium Cultural Production im Kontext zeitgenössischer Kunst .
Shyamala is project director for Pop-Up TeAda’s latest project: Order up! Rise Up! Trans* Rights are Restaurant Workers’ Rights (www.teada.org/pop-up-teada ), and Meena is editing two films: Electrogynous Remixed in collaboration with d. Sabela grimes and Javali in Laguna in collaboration with Anusha Kedhar.
We will resume our full newsletter with pointers with the next edition! We wish you a great rest of the fall, and thank our friends for sharing and following our journey, which started 10 years ago!
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