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Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict (Hardback)

Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Theatre & Performing Arts

Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 9 photos
ISBN: 9780819578891
Published: 7th April 2020
Casemate UK Academic

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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 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.

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