This contribution accompanied Indian Dance: Articulations/Tensions/Negotiations with Shivaangee Agrawal and Mandeep Raikhy, an online durational session discussing the embodiment of Indian dance in our current world. Based on their artistic practices and concerns, guests across India and the UK, with diverse perspectives were invited to contribute to the conversation that revolved around questions of language, criticality, globalisation, caste interacting with dynamics of race, histories, access, and pedagogy – arriving at no neat conclusions.
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This event was part of International Festival of Learning #2 supported by Arts Council England
Sandra Chatterjee, founding-member of the Post Natyam Collective, is a scholar and choreographer interested in involving senses that are not usually foregrounded in dance, such as smell – most recently SMELLS OF RACISM II and SMELLS OF COEXISTENCE: The Bee of the Heart.
She is in the research team of the project Border Dancing across Time (Austrian Science Fund/FWF P 31958-G) at the University of Salzburg, and is establishing CHAKKARs-moving interventions to facilitate intersectional anti-racist, postmigrant and decolonizing approaches to dance together with Sarah Bergh and with support from Ariadne Jakoby. Recent publications: “Dancing out of Time and Place: Memory and Choreography in the South Asian Diaspora in Continental Europe” (Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development, 2021) and “Queerings and Crossings: The Post Natyam Collective’s ‘The Sins of Such Wonderful Flesh’” (with Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty, The Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance, 2021)