We wanted to give a heads-up about a couple major performances by Post Natyam Collective members this weekend! In Hannover, Germany, Sandra Chatterjee will be presenting a lecture-performance titled “Traversing the Contemporary: Intertwined Practices of Contemporary Dance in Germany” in collaboration with Johanna Devi at Tanzkongress. In Santa Monica, California, Cynthia Ling Lee and Meena Murugesan will be presenting “more than, less than,” a shared evening of work featuring their new works, “blood run” and “Karuppu,” at Highways Performance Space, with a post-show discussion facilitated by Shyamala Moorty on Saturday.
1. Santa Monica, USA. 17-18 June 2016: Cynthia Ling Lee and Meena Murugesan perform ‘more than, less than’ at Highways Performance Space.
How do we decide who has the right to be a full citizen, and by extension, to be treated as fully human? In this shared evening of interdisciplinary multimedia dance-work, Cynthia Ling Lee and Meena Murugesan of the Post Natyam Collective speak to lost indigenous ancestors, poetically re-purpose colonial archives, and invoke how Blackness has influenced Tamil-ness. The phrase “more than, less than” is inspired by Fred Moten’s theoretical ideas.
In “blood run,” Cynthia Ling Lee investigates her Taiwanese indigenous and Han Chinese colonizer heritages within the context of larger political histories. Part ritual, part performance art, part colonial history inscribed on the body, her work asks: “What is the difference between an immigrant and a colonizer?” “How do the colonizer and colonized live inside the same body?” “When does survival require disappearance?” “blood run” asks what hidden histories are contained in the body, while acknowledging the impossibility of fully reclaiming what has been lost.
Co-choreographed by Meena Murugesan and d. Sabela grimes, “karuppu” is the third performance work in an ongoing series. “karuppu,” meaning Black in Tamil, is a solo dance ritual that honors Blackness from a Tamil perspective.
The work in “more than, less than” is being developed in part through the Post Natyam Collective’s long distance creative process.
Friday + Saturday, June 17 + 18 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Highways Performance Space
1651 18th St, Santa Monica, California 90404
2. Hannover, Germany. 18. June 2016: Sandra Chatterjee, in collaboration with Johanna Devi presents a lecture-performance titled “Traversing the Contemporary: Intertwined Practices of Contemporary Dance in Germany” at Tanzkongress.
Sandra Chatterjee and Johanna Devi present a lecture-performance titled “Traversing the Contemporary: Intertwined Practices of Contemporary Dance in Germany” at Tanzkongress.
14:00 – 15:30 hrs (location: Schauspiel – Bühne)