June 2017 Special

Cynthia Ling Lee in rapture/rupture. Photo Darial Sneed.

This June finds members of the Post Natyam Collective engaged in many exciting performances and collaborations. Sandra and Cynthia will be working together in Germany on our collective project, Borders Resurfacing, including a workshop-presentation at Performance Studies International (PSi) in Hamburg and an artistic residency and workshop in Munich.
Cynthia will then perform “rapture/rupture” with Shyamala in New York City as part of the EXPLODE! Queer Dance festival curated by Clare Croft before departing for Taiwan to engage in fieldwork with indigenous communities. Shyamala is one of four artists selected to participate in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts STEAM integration lab, through which she is working with Ulka Simone Mohanty and Neelamjit Dhillon on a new family show about cycles in nature through a South Asian lens. Meena will be in New York designing multi-channel video projection installations for choreographer Marjani Forte-Saunders and director/writer/actor D’Lo.



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

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


2. Munich, Germany. 16 June 2017: Post Natyam Collective workshop with Cynthia and Sandra at Köşk München.

As part of their residency, Sandra and Cynthia are leading a workshop titled Bodies, Borders, Migration

on Friday, June 16, 2017: 7 PM – 10 PM
Köşk München Schrenkstr. 8, 80339 Munich, Germany
Workshop is free, but please let us know you are coming! Registration: post.natyam@gmail.com

In this workshop, we will create artistic explorations and initiate community dialogue that draws on our personal/ancestral migration histories, while engaging with the realities of people who are (in different ways) directly affected by a growing global resurgence of xenophobia, violent nationalism, and border anxiety. We want to jointly interrogate the relationships between the body and the geopolitical, between individual experience, the shared space of community and political contexts and developments.


3. New York City, USA. 23 June 2017. Post Natyam Collective members Shyamala Moorty and Cynthia Ling Lee will perform “rapture/rupture” and participate in conversations at EXPLODE! Queer Dance at JACK.

Shyamala and Cynthia will perform “rapture/rupture” (with theoretical dramaturgy by Sandra Chatterjee and music by Ravindra Deo) on Friday, June 23 at 8 pm. Cynthia will participate in the conversation with other artists and authors of Queer Dance at the lobby of Oxford University Press on Wednesday, June 21 at noon, and both Cynthia and Shyamala will participate in the public conversation at NYU from 10-11:30 am at NYU on Saturday, June 24.

EXPLODE! queer dance is a festival of performances and conversation, curated by dance scholar Clare Croft, that re-imagines the potential of queer dance today. Featuring a range of forms including South Asian dance, improvisation, Irish step dancing, and drag the festival showcases artists from across the U.S. and around the world, including Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, Thomas DeFrantz, Jennifer Harge, Nic Gareiss & Cleek Schrey and Post Natyam Ensemble. The evenings at JACK will be hosted by the fierce and beautiful Boston-based desi drag queen LaWhore Vagistan.


4. New York City, USA. 21, 22, 23 June 2017. Meena Murugesan’s visual projections are performed live with choreographer/dancer Marjani Forte-Saunders for the River to River Festival 2017

at the Melville Gallery, South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. NY, NY 10038.