Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict

Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka
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How can dance be sustained by its practitioners in the unstable political and geographical landscape of war? This question lies at the heart of Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict, a groundbreaking ethnographic examination of dance practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the civil war (1983–2009), which claimed more than 100,000 lives. It is the first book of scholarship on bharata natyam (a classical dance originating in India) in Sri Lanka, and the first on the role of dance in the country's war, between the Sinhalese-Buddhist–led government and the separatists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which had fought for an independent state for the Tamil minority.

Focusing on women bharata natyam dancers, Ahalya Satkunaratnam shows how they navigated conditions of conflict and a neoliberal, global economy, resisted nationalism and militarism, and advocated for peace. Her interdisciplinary methodology combines historical analysis, methods of dance studies, and dance ethnography. With the war, dance was given a desired symbolic value that hid undesired bodies and was simultaneously a means of ascribing bodies value—materially, rhetorically, and visually. Satkunaratnam examines the relationships between aesthetics, embodied forms, and political work, the intersections of gender and sexuality with cultural practice and ethnic identity, and the experience of war and militarism in Sri Lanka. War charges dance with additional value, as cultural representations are desired by forces of nationalism and conflict. Yet, argues Satkunaratnam, dance practice can also become a vehicle for the individual to resist such claims.

Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict is a groundbreaking ethnographic examination of dance practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the civil war (1983–2009). It is the first book of scholarship on bharata natyam (a classical dance originating in India) in Sri Lanka, and the first on the role of this dance in the country's war. Focusing on women dancers, Ahalya Satkunaratnam shows how they navigated conditions of conflict and a neoliberal, global economy, resisted nationalism and militarism, and advocated for peace. Her interdisciplinary methodology combines historical analysis, methods of dance studies, and dance ethnography.

Format
EPUB
Protección
DRM Protected
Fecha de publicación
10 de marzo de 2020
Editor
Número de páginas
200
ISBN
9780819578914
ISBN papel
9780819578891
Tamaño del archivo
5 MB
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