Scripting Dance in Contemporary India
As stories of Indian dance's renaissance span almost a full century, there has emerged a globally dispersed community of Indian dancers, scholars and audiences who are deeply committed to keeping these traditions alive and experimenting with traditional dance languages to grapple with contemporary themes and issues. Scripting Dance in Contemporary India is an edited volume that contributes to this field of Indian dance studies. The book engages with multiple dance forms of India and their representations. The contributions are eclectic, including writings by both scholars and performers who share their experiential knowledge. There are four sections in the book - section I titled, "Representations' has three chapters that deal with textual representations and illustrations of dance and dancers, and the significance of those representations in the present. Section II titled, "Histories in Process" consists of two chapters that engage with the historiographies of dance forms and suggest that histories are narratives that are continually created. In the third section, "Negotiations", the four chapters address the different ways in which dance is embedded in society, and the different ways in which the aesthetics of a form has to negotiate with social, economic and political imperatives. The final section, "Other Voices/ Other Bodies" brings voices which are outside the mainstream of dance as 'serious' art.Edited by Maratt Mythili Anoop and Varun Gulati - Contributions by C. R. Rajendran; Ruchika Sharma; Justine Lemos; Anandi Salinas; Kelli Ling; Sushmita Arunkumar; Kaustvi Sarkar; Veena Basavarajaiah; Divya Venkatesh; Puthumana Govindan Namboodiri and Melwyn Pinto
TILT PAUSE SHIFT: DANCE ECOLOGIES IN INDIA
edited by Anita E. Cherian, Associate Professor, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi.
Published by Tulika Books in association with Gati Dance Forum
Tilt Pause Shift engages the knotty question of dance in today’s India. It is an investigation of movement, and, in particular, of a ‘marked’ subset of that – ‘dance’. In its many peregrinations it seems to ask, what kind of movement is dance? Most pointedly, it performs the question: What is dance in India? And, relatedly, what is it to dance in India?
In its design, the book offers the reader the opportunity to manoeuvre between the analytic registers of the essays, and the sensuous and performative choreographic portraits. Interspersed between these are curated photo-spreads and imagistic representations of the material traces of performances-in-process. The latter, which take the form of diary notes, sketches and photographs, enhance the reader’s encounter with performances by providing another experiential layer. These residues of performance highlight the significance of process, contingency and reflection to choreographic composition. They are also, importantly, archives of performance in miniature, which reference the processes of the artist and her ensemble, and also perhaps, intriguingly, await reactivation in performance or discourse at some later date. In both the essays and the choreographic portraits, the effort has been to show the diversity of practices and methodologies that comprise the movement ecosphere that we inhabit today.
The contributors to the book include Ranjana Dave, Navtej Johar, Sundar Sarukkai, Brahma Prakash, Paromita Vohra, Padmini Chettur, Abantee Dutta, Shabari Rao, Rajyashree Ramamurthy, Justin McCarthy, Arushi Singh, Veena Basavarajaiah, Rose Merin, Himalay K. Gohel, Parvathi Ramanathan, Anita E. Cherian, Gabriele Wittmann and Esther Sutter. The choreographic portraits have been edited by Gabriele Wittmann and Esther Sutter.
The book has been published with support from Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan and Raza Foundation.
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