February 20 @ 7PM Room 2601 W.E.B Dubois Library (26th floor) Parking is free in the UMass parking lots after 5PM.
Rituals and Stories in Dance: Embodying a Living Tradition in India
While most of the present day dance styles in India have drawn upon visual imagery for the recreation of their repertory, this has not been the case with regards to the dance tradition of Kerala, a southern state rich in ritual, folklore and movement. This talk will explore stories and rituals of embodiment in three styles of Kerala women’s dance, highlighting Mohiniyattam classical dance, Thirvathirakali a women’s folk/ritual dance, and Sarpum Thullal, a ritual serpent dance.
Presenter Justine Lemos is an Independent scholar with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on embodiment in South Asian dance.
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