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Two international artist-scholars work with choreomundus Master’s students

This semester, Roehampton Dance welcomes two Choreomundus Scholars in Residence, Stella Uppal-Subbiah and Hari Krishnan.

Posted: 29 April 2015

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As Choreomundus Scholar in Residence, Stella Uppal-Subbiah, the well-known Bharatanataym dancer/choreographer, is working with students this week. Photo by: Allan Parker.

Chosen via a rigorous application process, Choreomundus Scholars in Residence are recognised as world leading in their discipline. This semester’s scholars are both experts in the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam.

Dancer/choreographer Stella Uppal-Subbiah is currently on a two-week residency at Roehampton, teaching and tutoring students on the Choreomundus International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage programme. Joint artistic director of the London-based dance company Sankalpam, Subbiah trained with the renowned Bharatanatyam artist, Rukmini Devi, at the prestigious Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, India.

Subbiah said: ‘The Choreomundus residency is a wonderful opportunity to begin my new research project into how skills and principles inherent in Bharatanatyam can be transferred to dancers trained in other techniques, without losing the artform’s expressive quality. It is a challenging project, but already the work with the Choreomundus students has focused the research questions.’

Assistant Professor in Dance at Wesleyan University, Hari Krishnan is an award-winning dance-maker and artistic director of the Toronto-based company inDANCE. His avant-garde, subversive, and transgressive choreography is commissioned by soloists and companies around the world. Krishnan’s research areas include queering the dancing body, post-colonialism and Indian dance, globalization and the arts of India, and the history of devadasi-courtesan dance traditions in South India.

Krishnan is a regular contributor to academic conferences and scholarly publications on cultural history and dance. His forthcoming co-edited book, Dance and the Early South Indian Cinema, will be published by Oxford University Press.

Krishnan arrives at Roehampton on 18 May for a three-week residency, where he will not only teach but also work with the Choreomundus students on their final performance. He will also give a public lecture about his own work and research. After his Roehampton residency, Krishnan will perform in Paris at the conference Crafting Dance Repertoire in South India, 1800-2000.

Hari Krishnan

Hari Krishnan (pictured above) will be a Choreomundus Scholar in Residence in May.
Photo by: Michael Slobodian. 

Vidya Thirunarayan, Stella Uppal-Subbiah, Mira Balchandran Gokul

Stella Uppal-Subbiah (centre) teaching Choreomundus students at Roehampton. Vidya Thirunarayan (far left) and Mira Balchandran Gokul (second from right), who are also members of Sankalpam, joined her for this workshop. Photo by: Chris Jones.

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