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At The Intersection of Dance, Research, and War

April 7, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

- Free

April 7 | 6:30pm

Artist and educator Ahalya Satkunaratnam in discussion with ArtSpring’s Dance Outreach Coordinator Aina Yasué.

Join us on Zoom as we speak with interdisciplinary artist and educator Dr Ahalya Satkunaratnam to learn about her new book, Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and dance project, Usha/Agni/Vyvastha (Dawn/Fire/Order).

Ahalya will be discussing how activism, academics, and art practice intersect. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A open to the community.

Presented by ArtSpring in collaboration with Made in BC Dance on Tour. To register to receive a free Zoom link email: tickets@artspring.ca You can also send questions in advance, by 5pm Tuesday April 6.

 

Ahalya Satkunaratnam is a dancer and dance scholar who teaches courses in women’s and gender studies and cultural studies at Quest University Canada. Trained primarily in Bharata Natyam, her most recent work, Usha/Agni/Vyavastha, is a contemporary, ensemble piece that explores war and dispossession through mythologies of fire. She holds a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California Riverside. She is a settler in Canada and currently lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

2020 marked the release of Ahalya’s book, Moving Bodies Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wesleyan Press. The book explores how dance practices make and undo local and state nationalisms, the intersections of gender and ethnicity with cultural practices, and the personal experiences of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. Her written work can be found in the new edition of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, Dance Research Journal, SAMAR: South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection, Options Magazine, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, and in Women’s Studies Quarterly.

 

Aina Yasué holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Quest University Canada, where she majored in Critical Dance Studies and graduated with Distinction. Her thesis explored the intersection of Asian American desire for belonging and hip hop appropriation, by critically analyzing a viral YouTube dance video. Aina has worked on Dr. Ahalya Satkunaratnam’s ongoing dance research project titled, Agni/Usha/Vyasvastha, which weaves together ancient Hindu Mythology and reflections on the Global War on Terror through storytelling with dance, film, and sound.

 

Currently, Aina serves on the Board of Directors of Made in BC: Dance On Tour (MiBC), and as a director for the Salt Spring Community Alliance, a non-partisan and grassroots organization that facilitates and offers public meetings on issues from climate change to racism in the community. She is excited to have recently joined ArtSpring in collaboration with MiBC as a Community Dance Connector. She is passionate about exploring dance as an intersection between critical theory and community organizing centered on care.

Details

Date:
April 7, 2021
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
,

Organizer

ArtSpring Presents
Phone:
250.537.2102
Email:
tickets@artspring.ca
Website:
artspring.ca

Details

Date:
April 7, 2021
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
,

Organizer

ArtSpring Presents
Phone:
250.537.2102
Email:
tickets@artspring.ca
Website:
artspring.ca