DECOLONIZING DANCE | PERFORMANCE STUDIES IN A GLOBAL AGE
In the year 1838, an ensemble of Indian temple dancers travelled through Europe. This tour inspired e.g. La Bayadère with a combination of Romantic ballet and classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam.
In global recorded dance history, this event has so far almost exclusively been contemplated from a Western perspective. Avanthi Meduri analyses the encounter between both dance forms in relation to British imperialism, orientalism and decolonialisation. What effects can this change of perspective have on 21st century dance and performance research?
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