Inside Asia Talks Series — The Persistence of Exoticism

22 Nov

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Rosebery Room

Mezzanine level, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

 

This series of talks opens a space for debate about performance in Asia today. They are curated by Singaporean artist and performance maker Choy Ka Fai, alongside the presentation of his multimedia project SoftMachine, a critical survey of contemporary dance in Asia. SoftMachine is at Sadler’s Wells with an exhibition and several performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio as part of Out of Asia 2.

The Persistence of Exoticism is an inevitable anxiety for Asian dance makers working out of Asia and indeed a genuine question for western audiences and curators. This talks seeks to delve into this controversial topic from different perspectives, focusing on the lesser known dance makers from Indochina and the more familiar dance narratives from India often retold in contemporary ways on Sadler’s Wells stage. Speakers include SoftMachine dramaturge Tang Fu Kuen; Belgium choreographer Arco Renz (Kobalt works); and Karthika Nair, poet, producer (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet) and scriptwriter (Akram Khan Company); as well as artist Choy Ka Fai.

Rosebery Room

Mezzanine level, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN