[dance-tech] Re: Brunel Performance Research Seminar, featuring Prarthana Purkayastha

  • From: Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:19:41 +0000

i n v i t a t i o n   :

The Center for Contemporary & Digital Performance at Brunel University is 
pleased to invite you to our first
session in the new year:


Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 4 PM - 5:30 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048
Brunel University, London,
Cleveland Rd.

Prarthana Purkayastha (Plymouth University)

"The Skin of Performance"

Drawing on postcolonial theorist Dipesh Chakraborty's assertion that if 
modernity ‘is to be a definable, delimited concept, then we must identify some 
people and practices as non-modern’ (2002: xix), this paper examines how some 
contemporary South Asian performance practitioners have used their skin in 
performance to interrogate epistemic ruptures that accompany modernity. Taking 
Hetain Patel's TEN (2010) – a physical theatre piece that uses strategies such 
as blockage and mimicry – as case study, this paper notices the ways in which 
the skin can become a useful conceptual metaphor for stratified meaning-making 
in performance.

Dr Prarthana Purkayastha is Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Plymouth 
University. She is the author of Indian Modern Dance, Feminism and 
Transnationalism (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), and scholarly essays in Dance 
Research Journal, South Asia Research and the forthcoming Routledge 
Encyclopedia of Modernism. Prarthana is also a practitioner whose recent works 
such as 'Devi the Divine Dancer' uses a feminist framework to examine her 
long-standing interest in gaze, spectacle and embodied agency within 


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