Fall 2016 News

This fall the Post Natyam Collective is celebrating 12 years of art-making, activism, and theory and our members are brimming with activity, as always.

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Sandra at Tanzkongress in June 2016. Photo by Johanna Devi.

Sandra has just completed the second Austrian Science Fund (FWF) funded project, which was titled Dance and Migration at University of Salzburg with a final presentation at the symposium Music and Migration in Salzburg on October 6th, together with Anja Arend and members of the group Bewegte Interaktion. She will now focus on writing her habilitation. Simultaneously she is working with her student Diana Marisa Brachvogel towards Diana’s Kuchipudi Rangapravesam. For those who might be interested, the talk she gave at Tanzkongress in June together with Johanna Devi is archived at https://vimeo.com/178932918.

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Shyamala. photo by Chris Emerick, courtesy of the Segerstrom Center of the Performing Arts

 

Shyamala is co-facilitating her second Yoga into Creativity workshop series. This time it will take place in Long Beach and focus on writing; the series will be co-facilitated with Doug Eisner, a writing professor at Cal State Fullerton. She also will be performing with Sheetal Gandhi in an excerpt of their family show, “Indian Mythology and Me,” at the Los Angeles Music Center on Oct 29th.

 

Cynthia has been delighted to start her new job at UC Santa Cruz as an assistant professor of dance in the Theatre Arts Department. She is developing a new project, “Lost Chinatowns, about the destruction and erasure of Santa Cruz’s Chinatowns from 1860-1955, presenting a paper on decolonizing contemporary technique curricula at the CORD/SDHS conference, and presenting a lecture-performance for the Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies, whose theme is “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship.” Meena is developing media projections for live performance for four different projects and has started rehearsals to expand KARUPPU into a trio dance work, while continuing to dance with WXPT/taisha paggett.

 

 

POST NATYAM COLLECTIVE EVENTS:

Summary:

Presentations:

1. Salzburg, AUSTRIA. 6. October 2016: Sandra co-presented Tanz und Migration at the ÖGMW Symposium Music and Migration.
2. Santa Cruz, USA. 14-15 October 2016: Cynthia Ling Lee performs “Lost Chinatowns” at Looking Left .
3. Los Angeles, USA. 29 October 2016: Shyamala will be performing with Sheetal Gandhi in an excerpt of their family show “Indian Mythology and Me” at the Los Angeles Music Center Plaza.
4. Pomona, USA. 3-6 November 2016: Cynthia presents a paper at CORD/SDHS
5. Munich, GERMANY. 5 November 2016: Sandra presents her student Diana Maria Brachvogel’s Kuchipudi Rangapravesam at Gasteig
6. Palo Alto, CA. Nov 2016: Cynthia presents a lecture-performance at Stanford University.

Classes

1. Long Beach, CA, USA. 16 Oct- 4 Dec, 2016: Shyamala co-facilitates a 6 session workshop for writers of all levels and all who wish to use yoga to unleash your creative side!
Details

1. Salzburg, AUSTRIA. 6. October 2016: Sandra co-presented Tanz und Migration at the ÖGMW Symposium Music and Migration.

Anja K. Arend / Sandra Chatterjee, Tanz und Migration: mehrsprachige Bewegungstexte, hybride Choreographien und transkulturelle Lesbarkeit
Mit einer Lecture Performance von Malaz Alkhatib, Rami Alkhatib, Esmail Hassani und Johnny Mhanna zur Choreografie „F.OUND“ (UA 2016; Ch: Sayed Labib) der Gruppe „Bewegte Interaktion“ (Sayed Labib, Veronika Kulcsar) aus Wien.

Abstracts are online at (in German): http://www.musik-und-migration.at/programm/abstracts-tagung/

 

2. Santa Cruz, USA. 14-15 October 2016: Cynthia Ling Lee performs “Lost Chinatowns” at Looking Left.

Cynthia Ling Lee performs “Lost Chinatowns,” a work-in-progress sketch that investigates the destruction and historical erasure of Santa Cruz’s Chinatowns from 1860-1955. Her performance is part of a larger festival, Looking Left: Dance in Unlikely Places, featuring ten dance artists presenting site-specific works in and around the grounds of Santa Cruz’s historic City Hall. Choreographers include Molly Katzman, Damara Ganley, Katie Griffin, Cynthia Ling Lee, David King, Cid Pearlman, Cynthia Strauss & Matthew Shyka, and Collette Kollewe & Erin Reynolds.

Oct 14-15, 2016, 7:30-9:00pm (come anytime)

City Hall, Downtown Santa Cruz

Free admission

https://www.facebook.com/events/214680482281817/

 

3. Los Angeles, USA. 29 October 2016: Shyamala will be performing with Sheetal Gandhi in an excerpt of their family show “Indian Mythology and Me” at the Los Angeles Music Center Plaza.

Scheduled at 11am (time subject to change)

For updated info go to: http://grandavearts.tumblr.com/art/programs

“Indian Mythology and Me”

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. The show offers innovative and contemporary interpretations of narratives that reinforce human compassion and the celebration of differences. Breaking the 4th wall, the artists interact directly with audience members, sometimes inviting them onto the stage where they are playfully integrated into the performance. Audiences will be entert ained and enlightened as they get to experience first-hand, the power of expression in Indian classical dances.

“Indian Mythology and Me” will be on the family stage featuring various MUSIC CENTER ON TOUR performances that highlight the music of Peru and Japan; the dance of Korea and Spain; and mime, mythology, storytelling and poetry. Experience artwork inspired by Día de los Muertos / ALL DAY

 

4. Pomona, USA. 3-6 November 2016: Cynthia presents a paper at CORD/SDHS.

Cynthia presents a paper on a panel with Ana Paula Hofling and Katya Wesolowski entitled “Dancing the “self” and the “other”: tradition, authority, and alterity in university dance curricula.” Cynthia’s paper, “Decolonizing a ‘Contemporary’ Technique Curriculum?” engages with the challenges of building a university dance technique curriculum around the contested idea of “contemporary” dance, using her experience teaching hybrid kathak-release technique courses in US higher educational settings as a springboard for deeper discussion. The paper addresses the shifting, contradictory usages of the term “contemporary” in the field of dance and asks how intercultural critiques of modern/postmodern dance histories might reframe how we conceptualize technical training. Is it possible to create a cumulative technique curriculum that honors hybrid histories and dance vocabularies? What would it mean to desegregate stylistic training and to decolonize our teaching of “contemporary” dance by unsettling its Eurocentric associations with “innovation,” “technique,” and unmarked whiteness?

This year’s CORD/SDHS Conference is entitled Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship, and Choreographies of Transmission.
http://www.sdhscordconference.org/

 

5.Munich, GERMANY. 5 November 2016: Sandra presents her student Diana Maria Brachvogel’s Kuchipudi Rangapravesam at Gasteig.

The Kuchipudi Rangapravesam
(debut performance in the classical Indian dance form Kuchipudi)

of Diana Marisa Brachvogel

under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Chatterjee

will take place
on
Saturday, 5th November 2016, 20h
at
Gasteig, Kleiner Konzertsaal
Rosenheimerstr.5
81667 Munich, GERMANY

Please confirm your attendance by 30th October 2016: info@dianamarisa.com

 

6.Palo Alto, CA. Nov 2016: Cynthia presents a lecture-performance at Stanford University

Cynthia will present a lecture-performance based on her recent solo show, blood run, as well as the Collective’s online exchanges around borders, migration, and citizenship, as part of the Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies.

Curated by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Heather Rastovac, the theme of the series is “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship.” The Colloquium’s engagement with interdisciplinary scholars and scholar-practitioners will foster critical dialogue concerning the ways in which dance performance and practice are sites for examining the mobilities and immobilities that shape and are shaped by various forms of transnational migration and citizenship. We will examine how (im)migrant bodies – as subjects constructed through political-economic power relations of race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and religion – negotiate, contest, and affirm experiences of belonging/unbelonging in daily life and artistic practice across diverse geographical sites. The rigorous scholarship and performance praxis of this year’s presenters will allow us to assess shared aesthetics between various performances and practices emerging from and within migrant, refugee, and other displaced populations, while critically discerning the historical and situated distinctions between migrant subjects and experiences.

Exact date/time TBD; please check the website for the latest updates: https://stanforddancestudies.wordpress.com/

 

Classes

1. Long Beach, CA, USA. 16 Oct- 4 of Dec, 2016: Shyamala co-facilitates a 6 session workshop for writers of all levels and all who wish to use yoga to unleash your creative side!

Release stress, practice being present, and open up to inspiration!

Each week will include a light vinyasa flow class, a guided writing time with inspirational prompts, and opportunities to share and get feedback while growing a supportive creative community.

Sundays 7:30-9:30pm: Oct 16, 23, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4

Price: $30 a session or $150 for all 6 weeks*

Location: KAVA YOGA, 4005 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90815

Sign up at www.kavayoga.com to reserve your spot, info: 562-434-88*Partial scholarships available, contact us if you have financial need at shydance@gmail.com

Weekly themes:

Oct 16: Making space for your creative practice

Oct 23: Releasing expectations, judgments and old patterns

~ Break Oct 30

Nov 6: Finding structures and foundations

Nov 13: Focusing inward in order to create outward Nov 20: Changing your perspective

~ Break Nov 27

Dec 4: Sharing, feedback and celebration!

Work on any creative project like a short story, chapter of a book, a series of poems, an essay, manifesto, artistic statement, writing for performance…your imagination is the limit!