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Nation re-choreographed: Dancing against the nation in the age of nationalism

Location
Caryl Churchill Theatre
Date(s)
26/04/2017 (16:00)
Description
Dancing

Dance painting by Rabindranath Tagore (ink on paper). Photo courtesy: Rabindra Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.

Nation re-choreographed: Dancing against the nation in the age of nationalism

A talk by Dr Aishika Chakraborty sponsored by the Centre for Asian Theatre and Dance

Rehearsal Studio 2, Caryl Churchill Theatre

Located within the broader politics of gender, caste and nation, this talk maps out the alternative dance movement, triggered by Rabindranath Tagore. Critiquing the ideological construction of the nation, it formulates Tagore's politics of performance at a historic political moment of cultural nationalism.

Dr Aishika Chakraborty is Associate Professor at the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, India. Following the completion of her doctoral thesis on widowhood in colonial Bengal, the focus of Aishika's current research is the journey of contemporary dance in Bengal, underscoring its history, legacy and politics of gender. Her co-edited book, Moving Space: Women in Performance, is forthcoming in 2017, while she edited and introduced a volume titled Ranjabati, A Dancer and Her World in 2008.

For more information, please email matthew.cohenroyalholloway.ac.uk

   
 
 
 

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