Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
5 - 7 pm
Friday, October 27th
1 W Dayton Street, Madison, WI
9 - 10 pm
This fall inDANCE was invited to present a series of exclusive dance performances, workshops and lectures at University of Pennsylvania and at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bharatanatyam: History, Performance, Memory explores the vernacular histories of courtesan dance in South India through both lecture and live performance. Hari Krishnan, Associate Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University, Artistic Director of the Toronto-based dance company inDANCE, and master performer of Bharatanatyam, will be joined by musicians Vaaraki Wijayaraj, Kajan Pararasasegaram and Bala Krishnaraj. They presented rare dance and music repertoire from the courtesan communities of central Tamilnadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh.
While these representations point to the complexities of localized social and aesthetic histories in this region, Krishnan interprets them within the critical framework of the postcolonial experience. Commentary was led by Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and historian of the performing arts of South India.