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From: Sabrina Buckwalter <sb2997[at]columbia.edu>
Subject: NEW COURSE OFFERING: Indian dance Spring 2009
We would like to announce the following new course that will be offered within the Barnard dance department during the upcoming Spring semester
at Columbia University.
New course - Spring 2009
DANCE IN ASIA: INDIA-Perspectives & Bodies
Call number 04849
Professor Uttara Coorlawala
Tuesday & Thursday 10:35 am - 11:50 am
This 3 credit lecture course on Indian dance, its history and cultural significance will review the amazing variety of dances, historical literature and performance texts. The course will consider the traditional and innovative genres that co-exist; representations of Indian-ness in India, and outside India; the transformation of global identity in Bollywood films and the American dance scene.
What can we learn from the aesthetics of the dances and the people who perpetuate its performance? What is useful for us here and now in the performer training practices, and in the theorizations of practice, the body and the performance of gender? What do the various classical,post-traditional and vernacular dance forms signify within India, outside India and among globally located persons of origin from the
subcontinent? How might this information be understood or re-interpreted in global situations of multiple simultaneous perspective?
More on the prof here.