Spring 17 News

This spring we are delighted to announce a new Post Natyam Collective project, Borders Resurfacing. Borders Resurfacing is a translocal creative exchange on migration, borders, bodies, and citizenship responsive to the violent re-emergence of nationalisms, xenophobia, and border anxiety in global public discourse and in our local contexts. In addition to our ongoing online exchange (www.postnatyam.blogspot.com), Borders Resurfacing was further enlivened this March by a couple mini-residencies in California. We were delighted to have special guest Priya Srinivasan, a Melbourne-based dancer-scholar, join us for one of these residencies (the images are from our process). Check out an in-progress study, ‘Border Sawal Jawab,’ that Cynthia and Shyamala made at one of our residencies: https://vimeo.com/206498386

  

In addition to Borders Resurfacing, individual Post Natyam members are engaged in a rich panoply of teaching, scholarly, production, and artmaking activities.
In Southern California, Shyamala has become a curriculum writer for the Segerstrom Center’s New School of Dance and Music to include children with disabilities and typically developing children in creative dance and movement. She has recently completed a three year curriculum project on teaching children science through dance and continues to perform “Indian Mythology and Me” in elementary schools. Shyamala is excited to spearhead an exciting Kidwallah activity for desi families in the re-emerging Artwallah Festival in Los Angles, May 6 (www.artwallahla.com) !

In March Sandra co-presented a paper with Nicole Haitzinger at the Interweaving Performance Cultures Conference in Malta. She is also co-organizing a new Salzburg-based festival with Siglinde Lang and Josef Kirchner; 7hoch2 // Festival für zivile Auftragskunst (7hoch2.net) will take place from 24-30 April and explores the intersection of art, civic engagement and cultural/artistic citizenship. The call for participants in creating artistic interventions is still open! Her article “Kulturelle Gleichzeitigkeit” recently appeared in corpusweb.net.

Meena completed a dance and video collaboration with taisha paggett/WXPT and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, as part of the Freedom Principles exhibit. In addition, Meena designed and performed live video projections with choreographers Marjani Forte-Saunders (NYLA) and Sita Frederick (Pregones Theater) in January 2017. Meena is also working on KARUPPU, a solo dance work, while continuing to design video installations in collaboration with Marjani Forte-Saunders, Sita Frederick, d. Sabela Grimes, and Cynthia Ling Lee.

In May, Cynthia is performing blood run at SOMArts in San Francisco as part of the United States of Asian America Festival: Threading Resilience, presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. She has an article, “Homeland as Beloved: Translating Viraha for (Post)colonial Contexts,” coming out in the inaugural issue of Indian Theatre Journal and is honored to have been awarded a UCSC Arts Research Institute major project grant for alive flame, a new project to be created in dialogue with indigenous communities in Taiwan.

 

Summary

Presentations:

1. Vallarta, Malta. 8 March 2017. Sandra co-presented a paper at the “Interweaving Performance Cultures Conference” with Nicole Haitzinger.

2. Salzburg, AUSTRIA. 24-30 April 2017: Sandra is co-organizing  7hoch2 // Festival für zivile Auftragskunst with Siglinde Lang and Josef Kirchner.

3. Los Angeles, USA. 6 May 2017: Kidwallah activity spearheaded by Shyamala at Artwallah.

4. San Francisco, USA. 20 May 2017.  Cynthia Ling Lee performs “blood run” at SOMArts for the United States of Asian America Festival: Threading Resilience.

 

Classes:

  1. Munich, GERMANY. Fridays and Sundays: Sandra is resuming regular Kuchipudi classes and workshops.

Save the Date:

  1. Hamburg, Germany.  8-11 June 2017: Post Natyam Collective members at PSi #23: Overflow.

Post Natyam Collective members will lead a workshop on migration and borders and show in-process material from Borders Resurfacing at the Performance Studies International #23: Overflow conference.

Details 

1.Vallarta, Malta. 8 March 2017. Sandra co-presented a paper at the “Interweaving Performance Cultures Conference” with Nicole Haitzinger.

https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/304792/interweavingculturesprogramme.pdf
2. Salzburg, AUSTRIA. 24-30 April 2017: Sandra is co-organizing 7hoch2 // Festival für zivile Auftragskunst with Siglinde Lang and Josef Kirchner.

Salzburg’s Bürger*innen waren aufgerufen, Orte mit Veränderungspotenzial einzureichen. Das Festivalteam bedankt sich für die vielen Einreichungen!

7 Einreichungen, 7 Orte und 7 Handlungsimpulse werden nun von 7 Kunstschaffenden in 7 Konzeptideen aufgegriffen und der Stadtraum Salzburg für 2 Tage temporär verändert.

Alle Bürger*innen Salzburgs sind nun eingeladen, sich an der Gestaltung der künstlerischen Interventionen zu beteiligen und an den Klausurtagen zu partizipieren – ob die ganze Woche an mehreren Projekten oder 2-3 Stunden an einem Tag und spezifischen Ort ist dabei weniger ausschlaggebend als Ihr Wunsch, sich aktiv mit Ihren Ideen, Vorstellungen und Engagement einzubringen.

Der Auftakt.
Die Gelegenheit alle Künstler*innen, Projekte und Teams kennen zu lernen!
Mo, 24. April 2017, 17:00 // W&K-Atelier, Bergstraße 12a, 5020 Salzburg

Die Klausurtage.
Di., 25.April-Fr., 28 April 2017.
Erarbeitung der künstlerischen Projekte durch die Bürger*innenteams
Bei Rückfragen zur Mitarbeit in einem der Teams erreichen Sie uns unter: festival@7hoch2.net

Die Aktionstage.
Sa., 29. und So, 30.April 2017, ab 13:00
Rundgänge zu den 7 Interventionen im Stadtraum Salzburg

 

3. Los Angeles, USA. 6 May 2017: Kidwallah activity spearheaded by Shyamala at Artwallah.

Date:  May 6
Time:  10:15am
Location: Crosscampus, Downtown LA
Info:  www.artwallahla.com

Title:  Kidwallah: celebrating differences

Artist name:  Desi Family Fun and the Dancing Storytellers

Workshop Description: 
Featuring a short performance by Dancing Storytellers, families will be introduced to the story of a little mouse, whose worth is underestimated by a big elephant.  Kids will uniquely decorate their own elephant or mouse puppets, while adults have small dialogues about the role of diverse South Asian arts for the next generation.  All will culminate in a dance party with parents, puppets and all!  Kids under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Desi Family Fun is a collective of artist, activist parents and caretakers who have come together to create South Asian art experiences for desi and mixed kids, along side meaningful conversation and actions for their adult family members.  Collective members currently include Akhila Ananth, Neelanjana Banerjee, Adnan Hussain, Shyamala Moorty, Neelam Pathikonda, Shruti Purkayastha, Amanda Sharma, Shaheen Sheik, Sangita Shresthova,  Kristeen Singh, Robin Sukhadia, and we are open to more!
Dancing Storytellers Sheetal Gandhi, Ulka Simone Mohanty and Shyamala Moorty create performances for youth and families through innovative dance, theater and music to inspire personal transformation and social change.  This performance will feature Ulka and Shyamala.  For more info go to www.dancingstorytellers.com.

 

4. San Francisco, USA. 20 May 2017.  Cynthia Ling Lee performs “blood run” at SOMArts for the United States of Asian America Festival: Threading Resilience, presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

Part ritual, part performance art, part colonial history inscribed on the body, blood run investigates Lee’s Han Chinese colonizer and Taiwanese plains indigenous heritages within the context of larger political histories.  Combining multimedia, dance, and poetic text, blood run 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 poignantly acknowledging the impossibility of fully reclaiming what has been lost.

blood run was developed in part through the Post Natyam Collective’s web-based creative processes, Queering Abhinaya and Reimagining Citizenship.  USAAF 2017 is presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.  This year’s festival asks the questions: how has identity and visibility for APIs in art and politics evolved and where are themes of identity heading?  What intersections and collaborations in art, identity, and politics have shaped, connected, and strengthened our communities amidst forces of oppression in mainstream culture and media?  How have we utilized placemaking for our community throughout history and today? What will it take to ensure the collective survival of these spaces for future generations?

Saturday, May 20, 8 pm
SOMArts
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets: $15 general, $10 student/APICC artist
http://www.cynthialinglee.com/bloodrun_usaaf/ 
https://www.facebook.com/events/167412117108038/

Classes

1. Munich, GERMANY. Fridays and Sundays: Sandra is resuming regular Kuchipudi classes and workshops.

Regular Kuchipudi classes in Munich  are Fridays 17:30 hrs -19:00 hrs and Workshops, one Sunday per Month, 11 hrs-13 hrs. Private classes upon request. For details, please send an email to babli @ sandrachatterjee.net