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date: 17 October 2019

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The Post Natyam Collective’s postmodern approach to excavating present and past history uses traditions of abhinaya (gesture language) and rasas (emotions) in Indian classical dance as well as the innovative and hybrid commingling of movement, multimedia, sound, script, and silence in their latest work, Sunoh! Tell Me Sister. They interrogate the history of the courtesan in the Indian subcontinent, exploring sensuality in the female body connected politically to contemporary South Asian women’s testimonies where the female body is on the line—in domestic violence, exotification, sexual trafficking, and other forms of abuse. The Post Natyam Collective is a transnational group of performing artists based in Los Angeles, Germany, and Kansas. They create long-distance choreography online via a unique method that is rooted in negotiating space—physical space as well as giving space to each Collective member’s diverse training in bharatanatyam, kathak, ballet, modern dance, and hula.

Keywords: The Post Natyam Collective, South Asian women, transnationalism, hybrid movement vocabularies, abhinaya, rasas

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