Dancing Ethnic, Dancing Modern: The Politics of Performance Labor in “Emergent” Markets

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Date(s) - 09/10/2012
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Lecture Theatre H7, Ground Floor, Menzies Building (Building 11), Monash University Clayton Campus


Monash Asia Seminars

Dr Priya Srinivasan
Critical Dance Studies, Department of Dance, University of California, Riverside

'Sweating Saris' Book coverThis presentation looks at dancers as laborers at two critical historical junctures at the convergence of race, immigration, and politics to provide an alternate lens with which to think through how performance and dance offer insights into the terms of citizenship. Using theory that emerges from practice (praxis), this talk will examine how performance artists have negotiated and continue to negotiate the relationship between margins and mainstreams. Dr. Srinivasan will be drawing from her recent book “Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor” to make connections between U.S. and Australian performance labor markets.

Priya Srinivasan is an Associate Professor in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside in the Department of Dance. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Her research uses feminist performance ethnography to explore the inter-relations between labor, migration, and dance through theory and performance practice. Srinivasan’s recent book “Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor” (Temple University Press, 2012), seeks to understand dance as labor, and dancers not just as aesthetic bodies, but as transnational migrant workers and wage earners who negotiate citizenship and gender. Srinivasan is the recipient of the Gertrude Lippincott Essay Award in 2008 for the Best Essay in Dance Studies awarded by the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has recently given talks at Harvard University, Northwestern University (Summer Seminar in Critical Dance Studies), and the University of California, Berkeley. Srinivasan has worked as an experimental dance/theatre choreographer in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Shanghai (China), and has extensive training as a professional dancer in Australia having performed with Dr. Chandrabhanu and the Bharatam Dance Company.

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