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date: 04 July 2020

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This chapter argues that dance imagery and screen choreography arising from postcolonial regions, such as India, hold the potential to intervene in the binary way in which modern nations and empires regulate physicality through the technologies of vision. For in these regional cultures of visibility, nonmodern practices of personhood, embodied performance, and sensuous community overlap with modern approaches to and critiques of gendered movement arts. The claim is illustrated through a genealogical study of selected Indian practices of physicality and visibility: new liberal Bollywood cinema; present-day avant-garde screendance; made-for-television video; colonial Indian photography; and modern and premodern dance and painting. The disrupted choreographies to be found on Bollywood screens are discussed hand in hand with the critical approaches of the feminist choreographer Manjusri Chaki-Sircar, the transgender filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, and the anti-imperialist dance philosopher and Nobel Prize winner, Rabindranath Tagore.

Keywords: choreography, Bollywood, screendance, colonial Indian photography, video, Rituparno Ghosh, Rabindranath Tagore, Manjusri Chaki-Sircar

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