SUNOH! Tell Me Sister
Written and performed by Post Natyam Collective
SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister brings to life women’s stories of being silenced, finding voice and the importance of sisterly community. Blending multimedia storytelling and contemporary Indian dance, SUNOH! Tell Me, Sister draws on the histories of the dancer-courtesan of the Indian subcontinent, stories of contemporary South Asian survivors of domestic violence, and the performers’ own experiences as contemporary women artists struggling with tradition. This multidisciplinary work is a transnational choreographic collaboration between members of the Post Natyam Collective, largely created long-distance through internet technologies. The piece also reflects Post Natyam’s long-term community work with AWAZ, the South Asian Network’s violence prevention unit.
The Post Natyam Collective (postnatyam.net) is a multinational collective of women choreographers known for their critical and creative approaches to South Asian dance. The Post Natyam Collective features the choreographic work of Sandra Chatterjee (Munich/New Delhi), Cynthia Ling Lee (Santa Monica), Shyamala Moorty (Long Beach) and Anjali Tata (Kansas City). Other collaborators contributing to the vibrancy of the work include multimedia artist Carole Kim, musicians Ravindra Deo and Loren Nerell, dramaturg Mona Heinze, video artist Sangita Shresthova, and lighting designer/technical director Kedar Lawrence.
Photos: Andre Andreev