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Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies lecture with Dr. Anusha Kedhar, “Dancing the Global Intimate: Transnational Indian Dancers and the Mobility and Immobility of Flexible Labor”

April 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Roble Gym 139, Stanford University
Dr. Anusha Kedhar

Free and open to the public

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies presents:

“Dancing the Global Intimate: Transnational Indian Dancers and the Mobility and Immobility of Flexible Labor”

 A lecture by Dr. Anusha Kedhar, Assistant Professor of Dance at Colorado College

Since the beginnings of British South Asian dance in the 1990s, South Asian choreographers have looked to India to fill a gap in the British dance labor market. Drawing on fieldwork in London and Bangalore, this performative lecture examines the intimate lives and experiences of some of these migrant Indian dancers and the way in which they have been mobilized by global political and economic processes. Bodies, however, do not flow as easily as goods and capital. Neoliberal economic ideologies of free trade and the free movement of labor are in tension with anti-immigrant agendas and increasingly narrow notions of British citizenship, particularly since the terrorist attacks in London in 2005. Simultaneously mobilized and blocked, migrant Indian dancers reveal the contradictions of global capitalism as well as the new imaginative practices and new transnational subjectivities that are emerging at these sites of friction. Through dancerly tactics – de-centering, re-routing, stretching - they navigate uncertain economic times and increasingly precarious and temporary work regimes, negotiate personal relationships and family obligations, secure financial independence, and sustain dynamic careers. In doing so, they have found ways to circulate within a racialized and uneven global political economy that seeks to restrict and regulate their movements at every step.

Presenter Biography:

Anusha Kedhar is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Colorado College. Her current book project, titledFlexible Bodies: British South Asian Dancers in an Age of Neoliberal Precarity, examines British South Asian dancers in the late 20th and early 21st century and the creative ways in which these dancers negotiate precarious racial, economic, and national identity positions through flexible bodily tactics. Her scholarly writing has been published by Dance Research JournalThe Feminist Wire, and The New York Times. Kedhar is also an established artist and choreographer, and has worked with various contemporary South Asian choreographers in the US and Europe, including Subathra Subramaniam (London), Mayuri Boonham (London), Mavin Khoo (London/Malta), Johanna Devi (Berlin), Cynthia Ling Lee (Los Angeles), and Meena Murugesan (Los Angeles). 

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies 2016 - 2017 is curated around the theme of “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship.” All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For any accessibility needs or to join the mailing list, please contact Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh:


Event Sponsor: 
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Center for Latin American Studies, Humanities Center, Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Center for South Asia, Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), Stanford Global Studies Division
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