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Past Event

Saturday University: South Indian Court Dance

Nov 10 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Movement and Metaphor in South Indian Court Dance
Hari Krishnan, Associate Professor of Dance, Wesleyan University

Dr. Hari Krishnan presents an interactive lecture-demonstration on South Indian courtly dance traditions. His work is based on decades of research in both Tamil and Telugu-speaking South India. Integrating live performance and lecture, his presentation showcases vernacular histories and rare repertoire inspired by the courtesan dance practices of this region. Musicians Vaaraki Wijayaraj (vocals) and Kajan Pararasasegaram (mridangam) from the inDANCE company will join him.

About the Presenter

Hari Krishnan is Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Dance at Wesleyan University and Artistic Director of Toronto-based company, inDANCE. His research areas include Bharatanatyam dance in the Tamil cinema, the history of devadasi-courtesan dance traditions in South India, and queer identities in contemporary performance. He is the author of the forthcoming book Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 AM.


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206.442.8480 [email protected]

Full series tickets: $95; SAM members $50
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Photo: Ronald Davis

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