MAY 2019


Open Space

Open Space is a monthly format for students of the CCD to show their own work, first approaches and research: performances, work-in-progress, retrospectives, sharing, lectures, discussions, clippings, concepts are presented.

The individual program depends on the requests of the participating students and can each last between 5-45 minutes. The idea of the Open Space is to show work approaches, ideas and sample results, to communicate and discuss them.

TH 16|05|19 · 6 pm

Centre for Contemporary Dance ·
 Turmstrasse 3-5 ·
 50733 Cologne

The Impossibility of Indian Classical Dance – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Anurima Banerji

Classical dance is a significant trope and emblem of identity for the contemporary Indian state and its diasporas. In my talk, I examine the aesthetic and political formation of the category “Indian Classical Dance” (ICD) and situate its discursive development and contested career over the past century. A historical assessment of the term suggests that ICD is not an ontological category, but an ideological one shaped by the encounter with Western models of “classicism.”  After sketching out the provisional definition and characteristics of classical dance in India as it exists today, the project turns to critically dismantling the phrase in terms of its performative logics. Taking account of Indian Classical Dance CD as a capacious category, and surveying the layers of histories and practices with which it is affiliated, I assert its impossibility. For after scrutinizing each constituent term, I argue there is no such thing as Indian Classical Dance, given that the genre is resolutely not “Indian,” but regional and transnational; not “classical,” but a confluence of popular, tribal, ritual, and court traditions; and not “dance” alone, but a form of interdisciplinary performance. Finally, I offer the theory of "intermediary incorporation" to account for how performers corporeally negotiate the hybrid structures of ICD, mobilizing their practices against the rhetoric to reveal the contradictions that ultimately destabilize the classical taxonomy.

Anurima Banerji is Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. A trained Odissi dancer, she holds a BA in English Literature and MA in Communications from McGill University, and MA/PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. She is the author of the monograph Dancing Odissi: Paratopic Performances of Gender and State (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2019).  With Violaine Roussel, she co-edited How to do Politics with Art (Routledge, 2016).  Her writings have appeared in several publications, including the journals About Performance, EPW, Women and Performance, and the edited collections The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment, The Moving Space: Women and Dance in India, and Planes of Composition: Dance, Theory, and the Global. She has received support and recognition for her research from the American Association of University Women, the Congress on Research in Dance, the Hellman Foundation, the and the Society of Dance History Scholars, among others. Recently, she was a Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study in New Delhi, India, and at the International Research Center, Interweaving Cultures Project, at Freie Universität Berlin.

MON 27|05|19 · 7 pm

University for Music and Dance Cologne ·
 Unter Krahnenbäumen 87 ·
 50668 Cologne

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