Tilt Pause Shift

Dance Ecologies in India

Edited by Anita E. Cherian

Tulika Books

Tilt Pause Shift

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Pub Date: March 2017

ISBN: 9789382381853

248 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $70.00

Tilt Pause Shift

Dance Ecologies in India

Edited by Anita E. Cherian

Tulika Books

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This book 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 evidence here is recognition not only of the diversity and complexity of practice in India, but also of the contingent (institutional) circumstances under and through which performances emerge and become visible.

This volume assembles writing that combines description with an analytics of movement practices in India in our time. Its structure balances and counterpoints the performative with the analytic. This balance/counterpoint is maintained in the choice of writers, with performers writing critically and reflectively about practice, and theorists, historians, and cultural critics dealing analytically, and sometimes anecdotally, with broader subjects. The choreographic portraits, which are brief, thickly descriptive accounts of the experience of watching dance, are experiments in being attentive to the embodied. They reiterate, through the materiality and variousness of the performances they attend to, the necessity of locally situated viewers and commentators. The essays are discursive interventions on a wide variety of topics that concern the many fields of dance practice. The themes dealt with range from questions of periodization to the thinking in the arts of the temporal, tradition and its disseminations, the archive and its manifestations, the proximate body and its potentialities, the political imagination in dance, contemporary dance, bodies, spaces and audiences, bodily fluidity and dance as palimpsest in cinema, and finally, the state and its policy interventions on behalf of performance.

About the Author

Anita E. Cherian has a Ph.D in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her research interests are in the areas of cultural policy and cultural studies, theater history, performance studies, and cultural labor. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Third Frame, Sangeet Natak, Interventions, and The International Journal of Folklore Studies. Between 2005 and June 2016 she was assistant professor in English at the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. In July 2016 she became Associate Professor in Literary Art at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi.