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What’s Left – Stories of Movement and Migration
Priya Srinivasan, Ph.D. – Independent Scholar
Natalie Zervou, Ph.D. – Lecturer in Dance, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Hannah Schwadron, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Dance History, Florida State University
What’s Left is an international, multimedia collaboration on Skype, phone, and FaceTime zoom to explore the issues around migration, involuntary movement, and what gets left behind in the process. The performance piece involves structured improvisation, playback dance, postmodern storytelling, and audience interaction and involvement in order to pay attention to the crisis of the movement of bodies through borders. Which bodies get to move and when? Whose stories are told and how? What is left? The piece plays with different kinds of time that are imprinted on our bodies: mythological time, historical time, the present and the future.
Priya Srinivasan is a dance scholar and performer who merges dance, immigration law, ethnography, history, critical race theory, performance, and post-colonial studies to investigate the embodied experience of Indian dance. She has lived and performed in Chennai, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Chicago, Shanghai, and more recently in The Hague and Amsterdam. She continues to work as an experimental dance/theatre artist who uses Indian performance practices to understand the effects of migration, history, and power on gendered bodies. She has presented excerpts of her award-winning book Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor in the hybrid form of “talking dances” at the University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, and Harvard University. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at UC Riverside in Dance, and Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Srinivasan has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University; an M.A. in Dance from UCLA, and a First Class Honors in Ethnomusicology from Monash University. She also received the Gertrude Lippincott Award in 2008, which is given by the Society of Dance History Scholars for the best English-language article published in dance studies.
Natalie Zervou is a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Dance Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside, an MA in Dance Cultures: Histories and Practices from the University of Surrey (UK), a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Athens (Greece), and a Diploma in Dance and Dance Pedagogy from the Higher Professional Dance School Morianova Trasta (Greece). Her research focuses on dance practices during the recent sociopolitical and financial crisis in Greece and explores the ways that performances engage with the current European refugee crisis and respond to the shifting social landscape. Her choreographic work revolves around questions of belonging and migration and has been presented in Athens (Greece), Surrey (UK), Riverside, CA (USA), and Amsterdam (Netherlands). Her publications include: “Bodies of Silence and Resilience: Writing Marginality,” Congress on Research in Dance Conference Proceedings, 2015, pp 174-181 and “Appropriations of Hellenism: A Reconsideration of Early Twentieth-Century American Physical Culture Practices,” CHOROS International Dance Journal, 3 (Spring 2014), pp. 50–68. Zervou also has two forthcoming articles: “Fragments of the European Refugee Crisis: Performing Displacement and the Re-Shaping of Greek Identity” that will be included in an upcoming issue of TDR, and “Rethinking Fragile Landscapes during the Greek Crisis: Precarious Aesthetics and Methodologies in Athenian Dance Performances” that is forthcoming in RiDE (Research in Drama Education) in February 2017. http://www.nataliezervou.com
Hannah Schwadron is Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies and M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on dance, Jewishness, and gender and she is currently preparing a book for publication, entitled The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). She continues to choreograph and perform on related themes, and has shown work in intimate venues nationally and internationally. She organizes Field Studies, a creative development lab in NYC, that brings together dance artists and scholars to workshop independent and collaborative projects through writing and performance, and extends these intersections into her approach to coursework at the undergraduate and graduate level. http://www.hannahschwadrondance.com