Please join us at The Showroom tomorrow night for –
COOL ATMOSPHERES: Performing Inner Songs featuring Priya Srinivasan, Uthra Vijay and Andrea Campaneau. Following on from the performance, WOCI will be in conversation with the performers and Melissa Blanco.
Venue: The Showroom Gallery, 63 Penfold Street, NW8 http://www.theshowroom.org/visit
Tuesday, 30 May, 6-7pm
Please RSVP to Melissa.Blanco@rhul.ac.uk
This interdisciplinary performance uses poetry, dance, music and visual imagery to look at the inner landscapes of disparate women’s journeys through their imaginative connections across time and place to understand migration from the atmospheres of emotion. Pairing Andal the 9th century female poet from South India with recovered and Fragmented images and stories of exile past and present from Australia, Sudan and Romania, the piece invites audiences to rethink feminist voices from non-western contexts through the impact of their intersections. The performance invokes intimacy, playing with light, sound, and movement. Dancer/scholar Priya Srinivasan (Australia) joins singer Uthra Vijay (India/Australia) and visual artist Andrea Campaneau (Romania) for a unique collaboration of classical carnatic music, contemporary Indian dance theatre and the convergence of histories, lyricism, affect, and resonance. The performance will be followed by a discussion with audiences and local communities.
Supported by Royal Holloway University (HARC/HARI Fund led by Dr. Melissa Blanco Borelli and part of the Aesthetics of Cool Series), Royal Central School of Drama (Kate Elswit) and the Women of Colour Reading Index (WOCI) group with Samia Malik, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman (Goldsmith’s College)
Uthra Vijay is the Artistic Director of Keerthana School of Music in Melbourne that she founded in 2003. She is a versatile artist, composer and educator, who is equally comfortable working in the classical realm or experimenting with non-classical forms of music including popular music and contemporary forms. She has an extensive background in Indian classical music, winning several awards and performing in a range of venues in India and Australia. Uthra is an accomplished Classical Indian Music Vocalist having learned from several distinguished gurus and was exposed to different musical styles culminating in her training under the auspices of S.P. Ramh in the late legendary violinist Lalgudi Jayaram’s School of Music. She has brought her extensive solo performance experience in South India from The Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Karaikudi Kamban Vizha, Ramakrishna Mutt, and elsewhere to Melbourne and has presented concert length performances. She has also collaborated and performed in contemporary performances at the Treasury Building for Mapping Melbourne Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival in Melbourne (Fed Square), Immigration Museum for the Triennial International Asian Festival AsiaTOPA which included intercultural experimentation with Iranian singer Tabassom Ostad. Her compositional work includes setting classical and contemporary music for vocalists and dancers alike, including soundscapes for experimental artists.
Dr. Priya Srinivasan is a dancer, choreographer and scholar whose research and performance is framed by postmodern sensibilities while grounded in feminist Indian classical performance practices. Her work brings together live bodily performance with visual art, interactive multimedia and digital technology to think about archives of the body, migration, and female labor from the perspective of art. Her work has been presented in diverse settings in many theatre houses, galleries, universities, museums, and in public spaces such as the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai (China), The Korzo Theatre in The Hague (Netherlands), Folkwang Performing Arts Center in Essen (Germany), The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam (Netherlands), typografia galleria in Bucharest (Romania), Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai (India), Unknown Theatre in California, in international festivals such as AsiaTOPA and Jaipur Literary Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and site specific works at the Irvine Civic Center and Bill Barber Park, in Los Angeles (USA), Treasury Building and The Immigration Museum in Melbourne Australia. She will be performing in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Hamburg collaborating with European musicians, visual artists, and choreographers on gendered migration projects in May-June 2017. She has presented her performance and academic work at Harvard University (USA), Stanford University (USA), Oxford University (UK) and several other spaces in Switzerland, Sweden, UK, and Austria. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and has created the form of “talking dances” based on her award winning book “Sweating Saris Indian Dance as Transnational Labor.” Priya has created a range of site specific pieces that focus on migration and loss, and make visible minority women’s histories offering an alternate feminist aesthetic.
Andrea Campeanu is a Romanian freelance photojournalist based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She hold a MA in Media and Visual Anthropology from Free University in Berlin. She frequently contributed to Reuters, AFP, the United Nations and international NGOs. Her work has appeared among others in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Le Monde, Paris Match, The Guardian, Newsweek and National Geographic Romania. Her work often focuses on documenting issues related to displacement and the effects of conflict. She has covered the ramifications of war in South Sudan and Central African Republic. She also frequently cover arts,
fashion and sports culture in marginalized countries or communities. She lived and worked in Sudan, South Sudan, Madagascar and Lebanon. She also worked in Spain, Morocco, Central African Republic, Greece, Turkey.