Movement In Exile
Friday, 1 October online

Bodies speaking of today- Bharatanatyam in a contemporary context
1 October, kl. 13:00/ 1 pm CET
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Participants in the panel: Choreographers/dancers Seeta Patel, Revanta Sarabhai and Pauline Reibell moderated by Ulrika Larsen- curator/ Nava Gati Festival.

How do we relate Indian classical dance to a contemporary context? How do we translate the complex and codified movement language and the richness in the palett of narrative, representative and symbolic hand gestures in Bharatanatyam - South Indian classical dance (as well as in other classical dance forms of India) to the context and the values of society today?

Seeta Patel
Seeta Patel, started her journey at the age of 10 as Bharatanatyam student, and by the age of 23 had transitioned to becoming a full time professional dancer. As an independent artist, Seeta has been very lucky to work with numerous talented choreographers, companies and collaborators over the years which has given her a diverse experience and creative inspiration. Seeta is passionate about creating work that enriches artistic conversations and explores different ways of seeing the world and approaching ideas. She uses her creativity to challenge ‘othering’ for a more equitable society, socially conscientious action, discourse and provocation to address wider global issues. Seeta Patel Dance creates live stage performances focusing on classical Indian and contemporary dance and dance theatre. Live performance is supported by Audience Development (post show talks), Outreach (workshops), Advocacy (female leadership programs/talks) and crucially Talent Development.

Revanta Sarabhai
Revanta Sarabhai is a dancer, choreographer and actor from Ahmedabad and forms the third generation of the legendary dance family after Mrinalini Sarabhai and Mallika Sarabhai, both world renowned artistes. Having made his solo classical dance-debut at age 8, Revanta’s work has been showcased at prestigious festivals and venues across India, Europe, UK and USA. Revanta creates cutting-edge work that is honest, immersive and relevant to the society & times we live in. He is also an experienced workshop trainer specialising in using aspects of movement and theatre for training corporate employees and people from fields other than the performing arts to develop right-brain capacity and creativity.

Pauline Reibell
Dancer, choreographer and yoga facilitator, Pauline is drawn to forms that deepen her love for movement and search for truth and freedom; indian classical dance, argentine tango, contemporary dance, butoh and voice work.

Moved by ancient rituals, drumming, improvisation and symbols, the performative space is, to her, a celebration of interconnectedness to explore what lies underneath polarities and doesn't belong to change.

Borders Resurfacing & Creative process on distance
1 October, kl. 20:00/ 8 pm CET
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The Post Natyam Collective member will to talk about methods of long distance process, the use of South asian stylized gestures or body language in different contexts as well as the difference in creating work for a so-called "universal" gaze and work that is situated and saturated with cultural specificity.

Participants in the panel:
Sandra Chatterjee, Shyamala Moorty and Cynthia Ling Lee: Choreographers/performing artists and members ot Post Natyam Collective, John-Paul Zaccarini- solo artist and Professor of Performing Arts for Bodily and Vocal Practices, Ulrika Larsen- Choreographer/dancer and curator of Nava Gati Festival.

About Post Natyam Collective
About the Post Natyam Collective’s long distance process:
With members scattered across the globe, Post Natyam started experimenting with creating a long distance, web-based process in 2008. The process consists of posting creative assignments, responses, and feedback creating a virtual studio space to investigate different topics, artistic practices and to generate new creative material. Click here to see “Cyber Chat” an artistic rendering of one of our long distance meetings over SKYPE.
Click here to see “Yes to Each Other: A Cyber-Manifesto” on collaborative art making.

Dr. Sandra Chatterjee
Founding-member of the Post Natyam Collective, teaches, researches, performs and organizes projects at the intersection of theory and dance/artistic practice, focusing on gender, postcolonial and migration studies. Currently, she works on independent choreographic projects - most recently SMELLS OF RACISM, is part of the research team of the FWF-funded project Border Dancing across Time (P 31958-G) at the University of Salzburg, and is establishing CHAKKARs-Moving Interventions, an initiative dedicated to intersectional anti-racist, postmigrant and postcolonial approaches to choreography in Munich together with Sarah Bergh and Ariadne Jakoby.

Cynthia Ling Lee
Cynthia Ling Lee instigates postcolonial, queer, and feminist-of-color interventions in the field of body-based performance. Committed to intimate collaborative processes and foregrounding marginalized voices and aesthetics, her interdisciplinary performance work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (New York), East West Players (Los Angeles), Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta), and Chandra-Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai). Cynthia was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Exchange Fellowship, and a Hellman Fellowship. Recent publications include a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies (2019) and co-written chapters with Sandra Chatterjee in Dance Matters Too: Markets, Memories, Identities (2018) and Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (2017). Cynthia is an associate professor of dance in the Department of Performance, Play, and Design at UC Santa Cruz and a member of the Post Natyam Collective, a transnational, web-based coalition of dance artists whose work triangulates between art-making, activism, and theory.

Shyamala Moorty
Shyamala Moorty is a director, choreographer, and facilitator who values collaboration, connection and transformation through the arts. Her interdisciplinary work draws on dance, theater, multimedia, yoga and community engagement and has been described as “that special kind of healing that art can accomplish” in the book Contemporary Indian Dance (2011). With an MFA in Dance from UCLA, her performance work has toured in Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, the U.K. and the U.S. Shyamala is a founding member of the Post Natyam Collective, and the Dancing Storytellers and is currently teaching dance composition at California State University Long Beach and directing several short films.

John-Paul Zaccarini
John-Paul Zaccarini is a Doctor in Philosophy in Performance Studies, with a thesis based in the use of psychoanlysis in the creation of contemporary circus performance, he is now Professor of Performing Arts at the Research Centre at SKH. He has been a practitioner in theatre, dance, mime and circus with a focus on poetry and the spoken word as both performer and director/dramaturge and choreographer for 32 years. He is currently researching the intersections between art, therapy and activism in his project FutureBlackSpace which is a creative space for BIPOC to work with Radical Healing and decolonizing artistic research in majority white institutions and fields.

Read more about John-Paul Zaccarini`s current research project FutureBlackSpace.
See two of his works: AfroSwede and Brother-An Intersectional Revenge Fantasy

Ulrika Larsen
Ulrika Larsen is a dancer/choreographer mainly trained in the East Indian classical dance form Odissi with an MA in Directing and Dramaturgy for Movement based arts at SKH. She explores communication in movement using Indian and non-Indian disciplines and expressions together with contemporary performance arts in collaborative projects, site specifics and productions through her organisation Odissi Dansproduktion. Ulrika is particularly interested in the narrative and gestural aspects of Indian classical dance in relation to a contemporary context to explore it´s migration and transformation in countries and cultures outside India. Ulrika is the initiator and producer of Movement in Exile, a platform for dance and performing arts at Farhang förening.

Artist talk with Pauline Reibell and Maria Bovin de Labbé
Following the premiere of Ma-rgam
2 October, kl 20:00/ 8 pm CET
Tonsalen/Teater Sláva, Kyrkogårdsvägen 2, Huddinge

Entrance: Included in the ticket for 2 October
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