07:203:136 Dance in India

Dance in India course covers a wide range of forms practiced in India in the 20th and 21st century, including folk dances, classical dance forms, contemporary choreography, and film dances, among others.  However, this course looks beyond India, into the diaspora and global contexts in which ‘Indian’ dance forms are practiced. In particular, we will critically look at the historical development of classical dance forms. A theoretical hinge of the class will be our engagement with prevalent categorizations such as traditional, modern, contemporary, classical, and also folk and film dance: how are they distinguished and why, where might they overlap or contradict each other?