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The Post Natyam Collective performs at UW-Madison April 30

April 26, 2011

The UW–Madison Dance Department will present the Post Natyam Collective on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall.

The Post Natyam Collective will be performing “SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister,” an evening of multimedia and contemporary Indian dance theater, which brings to life women’s stories of being silenced, finding voice, and the importance of sisterly community.

Ranging in tone from tongue-in-cheek humor to emotionally gripping involvement, “SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister” draws on the histories of the dancing courtesan of the Indian subcontinent, the stories of contemporary South Asian survivors of domestic violence, and the performers’ own experiences as contemporary women artists struggling with tradition.

Integrating classical and contemporary Indian dance, theater, original music, and video, “SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister” is a transnational choreographic collaboration between members of the Post Natyam Collective, largely created long-distance through internet technologies.

The performance at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall includes live performance by Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty with long-distance contributions from Sandra Chatterjee and Anjali Tata, all members of the Post Natyam Collective.

The show also reflects Post Natyam’s long-term community work with AWAZ, the violence prevention group of the South Asian Network, a grass-roots Los Angeles community organization. Other collaborators contributing to the vibrancy of the work include multimedia artist Carole Kim, choreographic consultant Hari Krishnan, musicians Ravindra Deo and Loren Nerell, dramaturg Mona Heinze, video artist Sangita Shresthova, and lighting designer/technical director Kedar Lawrence.

Tickets are $5.

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