Fall 17 News

Post Natyam is 13 years old this Fall!  We will be coming together artistically (if not physically) in Salzburg, November 18th inBack to the Beautiful – Participatory and Performative Actions in Three RoomsBack to the Beautiful is a dialogic collaboration with Salzburg-based choreographer Tomaž Simatović. The cellar room will contain a performance installation, which is a Post Natyam Collective collaboration spearheaded by Sandra with Cynthia, with video content created by Cynthia, Sandra, and Shyamala, and video art remixed by Meena. This project is one of the manifestations of our current long distance process, Borders Resurfacing, which is artistically investigating themes of water, borders and migration.

This Fall, Sandra has two exciting artistic projects, while also starting a new teaching experience as a lecturer for “Dance in India” at Rutger’s Arts Online Program. On October 6 and 7 she premiered her new collaboration Table Conversation #3 with Chris Lechner and Sunita Asnani in Munich. Sandra will also moderate the panel “Between Identity Politics and the Discussion of a »Defining Culture’ at Crossing Oceans which is part of Munich’s Spielart Festival in November and participate in a Think Tank by the Munich-based company Ballet of Difference (Richard Siegal) in December. On December 8 she will participate in a talk about the book InderKinder, to which she contributed a chapter (ed. by Urmila Goel, Jose Punnamparambil und Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf) along with a performance in Heidelberg.

Cynthia presented at the inaugural Dance Studies Association conference as part of a roundtable composed of authors and artists from Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.  She will perform a new version of blood run in Taipei at the Kuandu Arts Festival on Oct 26-27. She is also happy to announce the launch of her participatory project, Mixing Waters, which asks us to make connections between bodies of water as a political act.

Meena continues to be busy designing improvisational multi-channel video installations for choreographers Nicole Klaymoon/Embodiment Project, Marjani Forte-Saunders, and d. Sabela Grimes. Most recently, Meena performed live visuals at (with the above choreographers respectively) Yerba Buena for the Arts in September (San Francisco), Crystal Bridges Museum (Bentonville) and Bootleg Theater/LAX festival (Los Angeles) in October. Meena will perform live visuals for the the première of Marjani’s work Memoirs of a Unicorn at NYLA/Collapsable Hole in NYC from November 15-19.

Shyamala is excited to be in the first group of teachers to lead a new wall strap yoga class at KAVA Yoga in Long Beach!  Starting Saturdays 11:30-1pm she will be guiding students through a healthy back series on KAVA’s new strap wall.  Shyamala also just performed a new work, “A Butterfly Dreams,” with Ulka Simone Mohanty to support justice for survivors of sexual assault in India at Greenly Art Space in Long Beach, CA.  She is proud to start her 4th season touring “Indian Mythology and Me” with the Dancing Storytellers to schools, theaters, libraries and museums, and is busy in the creation process for a new show “The ‘Summ’ of All Things.”  She continues teaching Friday yoga at West LA college, and teaching quarterly master classes for Cal State Long Beach.

 

Summary

Presentations:

1.  Munich, GERMANY. 6- 7 October 2017: Sandra, along with collaborators Chris Lechner and Sunita Asnani premieres Table Conversations #3 at Köşk.

2. Long Beach, CA, U.S.A. 21 October 2017: Shyamala and Ulka Simone Mohanty will perform a new work at Greenly Art Space’s opening reception for “Darkness and Light.”

3. Taipei, TAIWAN.  26-27 October 2017: Cynthia performs blood run at Kuandu Arts Festival

4. Munich, GERMANY. 4 November 2017: Sandra moderates a panel at Spielart Festival’sCrossing Oceans.

5. Salzburg, AUSTRIA. 18 November 2017: Sandra and Cynthia (with long-distance contributions from Meena and Shyamala), in collaboration with Tomaž Simatović show Back to the Beautiful – Participatory and Performative Actions in Three Rooms

6. Munich, GERMANY. 2- 3 December 2017:Sandra participates in Ballet of Difference’s Think Tank

7. Heidelberg, GERMANY. 8 December 2017: Bookpresentation of InderKinder (2012; ed. by Urmila Goel, Jose Punnamparambil und Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf) and Performance with Sandra

Classes:

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

2. Long Beach, CA, U.S.A.  Starting Saturday November 4:  Shyamala teaches a weekly healthy back yoga on the strap wall!

Details

Presentations:

1. Munich, GERMANY. 6- 7 October 2017: Sandra, along with collaborators Chris Lechner and Sunita Asnani premieres Table Conversations #3 at Köşk.

TABLE CONVERSATIONS #3 – silent dialogues in space
6. und 7. Oktober 2017, 20h

Köşk, Schrenkstraße 8, 80339 München

Table Conversations #3 ist eine Performance, in der Kommunikationsanleitungen ausprobiert werden. Wir bedienen uns dabei an Codes und Strategien aus verschiedenen Tanz- und Musikkulturen.  Was zeigt sich im Weglassen des gesprochenen Wortes, in der Intensität der Stille?  Das Herzstück dieser Arbeit ist ein Tisch. Er dient als Plattform des Austausches, als Navigationsinstrument, als Miniaturbühne für ein Tanzstück, eine Installation. Tische und Stühle  werden immer wieder neu platziert. Es entsteht eine Reihe von “Table Conversations.”

Table Conversations wurde zunächst 2012 in München von Sandra Chatterjee, Choreographin und Wissenschaftlerin, und Chris Lechner, movement artist und Choreograph für die Bühne konzipiert.

Die Arbeit wurde von Chris Lechner und Sunita Asnani, movement artist und Migrationsspezialistin,  in verschiedenen Kontexten als Installation weitergeführt. In dieser neuesten Version wird die Dialogform in Solo- und Trio-Konstellationen, und durch die Einladung des Publikums an den Tisch vervielfacht.


2.    Long Beach, CA, U.S.A. 21 October 2017: Shyamala and Ulka Simone Mohanty will perform a new work at Greenly Art Space’s opening reception for “Darkness and Light.”

Opening Reception, Oct 21, 7-9pm.

2698 Junipero Ave. #113, Signal Hill, CA 90755.

At the opening only: The Dancing Storytellers, Ulka Simone Mohanty and Shyamala Moorty, will perform “A Butterfly Dreams”.  Enjoy original art created and donated by local artists for a silent auction to support CSJ.  Also on opening night hear from CSJ founder Jon Derby about his inspiring work in Dehli, India.  There is no fee to attend this event, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Greenly Art Space is located at Show may be viewed after the opening by appointment only(562) 533-4020.

https://www.greenlyartspace.org/opening-soon


 3. Taipei, TAIWAN. 26-27 October 2017: Cynthia performs blood run at Kuandu Arts Festival.

Part ritual, part performance art, part colonial history inscribed on the body, blood runinvestigates my Han Chinese colonizer and Taiwanese plains indigenous heritage within the context of larger political histories. Combining experimental video, dance, and poetic text, the 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 poignantly acknowledging the impossibility of fully reclaiming what has been lost.

Kuandu Arts Festival

Manfei Dance Studio Theater

Taipei National University of the Arts

October 26-27, 20177:30 pm

https://kdaf.tnua.edu.tw/2017/program/blood.html

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4.  Munich, GERMANY. 4 November 2017: Sandra moderates a panel at Spielart Festival’s Crossing Oceans.

CROSSING OCEANS DISCUSSION AND PERFORMANCE WEEKEND ON (POST-)COLONIALISM, IDENTITIES, AND DIVERSITY

Panel Discussion:
BETWEEN IDENTITY POLITICS AND THE DISCUSSION OF A »DEFINING CULTURE«
Ho Rui An (Singapore) | Suli Kurban (Munich) | Mamela Nyamza (Cape Town) | June Tan (Kuala Lumpur) | Mallika Taneja (Delhi) (Delhi)

04.11. 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Muffathalle 1

free Entrance

Moderated by Sandra Chatterjee

English with simultaneous translation provided in German
»We believe that the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else’s oppression.« That sentence appears in a statement on the 1977 genesis of contemporary, black feminism, and is one of the fundamental declarations in identity politics. Its core utterance is now applied to discussions on sexual identity, class or caste, disability, age, and religion, yet at the same time, it has increasingly been co-opted by right-wing political activity. In a completely different kind of impetus on the assertion of identity, German interior minister Thomas De Maizière in 2017 resurrected the much-discussed and often-criticized concept of a »defining culture« (Leitkultur). De Maizière voiced the idea that giving the increasing number of refugees tips such as using a friendly handshake, or saying »we are not burqa,« would be a sensible way of guiding them toward adapting to »European values.« The questions of how identity and politics can be meaningfully conceived of together; and of how and when, and in accordance with whose ideas a fundamental consensus on living together can be (re)formulated, remains – at least in current public debate in Germany – unanswered.

http://spielart.org/programm/all/?no_cache=1&vid=355&L=1

Festival Website: spielart.org
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5.  Salzburg, AUSTRIA. 18 November 2017: Sandra and Cynthia (with long-distance contributions from Meena and Shyamala), in collaboration with Tomaž Simatović show Back to the Beautiful – Participatory and Performative Actions in Three Rooms.

In Sandra Chatterjee and Tomaž Simatović, the young curators of the university course of “Kuratieren in den szensichen Künsten” have selected two artists living in Salzburg, whose works – dealing with migration, borders, rituals and protest – will interact with each other at that event. Actions in a studio and in a cellar, workshops, disputes, people, performances, theory texts, movements gradually step by step become a dance floor ….

As a local artist, who was chosen to be part of this project, Sandra collaborates with the Post Natyam Collective, in particular Cynthia who is coming to Salzburg, to create a performance installation in one of the three rooms- the “cellar”

Curators: Anna Donderer, Helena Eckert, Ann-Kathrin Franke, Valerie Goehring, Petra Hazabent, Michael Koeck, Philipp Krüger, Sebastian Linz, Amanda Pina, Theresa Maria Pointner, Anja Prietl, Nikola Schellmann, Nicola Scherer, Tobias Schuster, Mona Schwitzer, Simone Seymer, Julia Stoff, Ana Zirner. Project support: Angela Glechner.

18th of November 2017 – from 3.30 pm

republic

Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2
5020 Salzburg, Österreich

6.Munich, GERMANY. 2-3 December 2017: Sandra participates in Ballet of Difference’s Think Tank

Think Tank + Public Presentation „IF/THEN for All“

02 December 2017, 3 pm – 5 pm (public)

03 December 2017, 11 am – 2 pm (non-public)

Muffatwerk Munich: studio 1 and studio 2

Due to the limited capacity of the room, please pre-register with miria@balletofdifference.com

Ballet of Difference invites you to think collectively:

on the 2nd and 3rd of December, a think tank will be held in Munich Muffatwerk, where different forms of dance are to be examined in the context of global networking strategies.

As a contemporary ballet company, Ballet of Difference sets cultural, ethnic and sexual diversity as a central theme – both in terms of aesthetic as well as sociopolitical dimensions.

In 2016 under the project title “Ballets Creoles” Richard Siegal has undertaken research trips in the Afro-Caribbean region in order to trace different historical hybrid forms of dance. In the light of these experiences, the project “IF / THEN for All” will be continued in Cologne and Munich in autumn 2017. The project is about transforming culturally shaped movements into a large-scale performance, whereby the participants are equally composed of professionals and non-professionals.

The aesthetic result of the two weeks of workshops in Cologne and Munich is shown as a performative installation in the two studios of the Muffatwerk. In addition, the presentation forms a basis for discussion of our two-day think tank, whose presentation form is a mixed form of participatory dance, social sculpture and reflective conversation:

On Day 1 (02.12.2017) the audience moves freely between two rooms (Studio 1 and 2 of the Muffatwerk), in which choreographic parts of the “IF / THEN for All” project are selected and shown live by Richard Siegal while a public talk will take place between selected dance experts and scientists (choreographers, dancers, curators, dance scientists, journalists, etc.). In this way, a new form of dialogue arises between movement and thought, between action and reflection, between art and science.

On Day 2 (03.12.2017), a second meeting takes place, with the exclusion of the public, with the experts and scientists analyzing both the performances of the previous day and the reactions to them.

Possible questions:

How does the culture in which we live inscribe into our bodies? Does the way we move tell something about our origins, our experience, and our sexuality? How does inheritance and appropriation of cultural characteristics work? How does the juxtaposition of different aesthetic impressions affect the viewer? Can certain motion modes or body characteristics be located geographically? How do we define the stranger? Is there an encounter with the stranger beyond the structures of an unconscious exotism? And what do our strategies and techniques of

7. Heidelberg, GERMANY. 8 December 2017: Bookpresentation of InderKinder (2012; ed. by Urmila Goel, Jose Punnamparambil und Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf) and Performance with Sandra

Fr 08.12.2017, 20.00 Uhr Interkulturelles Zentrum Heidelberg, Bergheimer Str. 147, 69115 Heidelberg

InderKinder, Über das Aufwachsen und Leben in Deutschland

u.a. mit Sandra Chatterjee, Christian Weiß: Draupadi Verlag

Buchpräsentation und Performance.

Gastgeber: Dishaa und Interkulturelles Zentrum Heidelberg  (IZ-heidelberg.com)

Das Buch „InderKinder“ gibt vielfältige Einblicke in wenig bekannte Migrationsgeschichten, in Prozesse des Anders-Gemacht-Werdens sowie den Umgang mit Zuschreibungen. Dieser Abend stellt deutsch-indische Geschichten in den Mittelpunkt. Seit der Kampagne „Kinder statt Inder“ ist die Einwanderung aus Indien in Deutschland in den Mittelpunkt der Öffentlichkeit gerückt. Die Geschichten der Betroffenen jedoch kaum. Das Buch „InderKinder“ schließt diese Lücke. An diesem Abend möchten der Verleger, Autoren des Buches und Mitglieder der indischen Community in Heidelberg miteinander und mit anderen Interessierten über Klischees, Vorurteile und das „Heimisch-werden“ ins Gespräch treten.

Sandra Chatterjee hat einen der Beiträge im Buch „InderKinder“ geschrieben. Sie ist Choreographin und Wissenschaftlerin im Bereich Culture und Performance, und Tanzwissenschaft.

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, oneSunday per Month, 11 hrs-13 hrs. Private classes upon request.

Freitags/Fridays, 17:30-19 h, Santulan Ayurveda, Wörthstr, 13.

Termine/Dates:

22.9.2017

29.9.2017

13.10.2017

20.10.2017

27.10.2017

3.11.2017

10.11.2017

1.12.2017

15.12.2017

Sonntags/Sundays, 11-13 h, Eine Welt Haus, Schwanthalerstr.80.

15.10.17

5.11.17

26.11.17

17.12.17

Privatstunden nach Vereinbarung/private classes individually scheduled


2.Long Beach, CA, U.S.A.  Starting Saturday November 4:  Shyamala teaches a weekly healthy back yoga on the strap wall!
Healthy Back / Yoga Strap WallSaturdays @ 11:30am with ShyamalaKAVA Yoga4005 E 4th StLong Beach, CA, 90814(562) 434-8888http://www.kavayoga.com/

  • Yoga Strap Wall class size will be limited. Pre-registration is recommended
  • Classes will spend the entire 90 minutes working on the Strap Wall
  • Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend

Based on the design of the straps used at the Iyengar institute in Pune, India, and designed with safety, alignment and fun in mind. The amazing Yoga Strap Wall is one-of-a-kind in Long Beach.

  • Supports the back safely while creating traction & stretching tight muscles
  • Helps you discover new ways to find the proper “actions” in each posture
  • Makes inversions more accessible and more fun