Dance, Technology and Social Justice

Individual and Collective Emancipation Through Embodied Techniques

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About the Book

This book theorizes dance technique as the Greek techne translated as art, and shows how movement can inspire epistemic, philosophical, and cultural conversations in technology studies. Combining dance studies, religious studies, and technology studies, it argues that dance can be a technology of social justice bringing equanimity, liberation and resistance. It focuses on the eastern Indian art form Odissi and applied experimentations with motion capture technology, virtual reality (VR) gaming, and Arduino. It specifically examines tthe work of Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT), a Minnesota based contemporary Indian dance company that deconstructs Odissi towards social justice activism.

About the Author(s)

Kaustavi Sarkar is an assistant professor in the department of dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is an Odissi soloist and is the discipline of Guru Poushali Mukherjee, Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, and Guru Sujata Mohapatra. She has received two artworks grants from the National Endowment for the Arts among other state and regional grants for her creative praxis. Her writing on practice-based research has been published in journal articles in Research in Dance Education, Journal of Dance Education, Choreographic Practices, Performance Research, Dance Education in Practice and South Asian Dance Intersections.

Bibliographic Details

Kaustavi Sarkar
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7614-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5158-3
Imprint: McFarland