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 disciple 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 and has published journal articles on practice-based research. She is the founder/ manager for the peer-reviewed journal South Asian Dance Intersections and convenor of the grant-funded Dance and Community Research Institute working on pedagogical, choreographic, and musicological interventions.

Bibliographic Details

Kaustavi Sarkar
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 229
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7614-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5158-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword: Resistance, Revolution, Rebellion by Douglas Rosenberg 1

Introduction 5

Chapter One. Dance Technique as Techne 27

Chapter Two. Immersing Within the Technological 67

Chapter Three. Dance as a Technology of Social Justice 116

Conclusion: Techno-Constitutions 158

Glossary 191

Chapter Notes 199

References 208

Index 221