This workshop explores the ways that rhythms animate our body-mind-spirit being. We will attend to the rhythms that our bodies create and how we can use that to tap into the rhythms of the life force around us including rhythms of the land, air, water, fire, plants and other beings. In order to question the age of the anthropocene, when we as humans fall in and out of the rhythms that are within us and surround us, what are the ways we can re imagine our relationship to the lands and bodies we inhabit and control?  What are the ways we can re-engage our body politics from another time/space. How might these new choreographies offer a deeper and more socially engaged bodily performance?

The workshop will use the breath as the first rhythm our body creates to then attend to the external rhythms in our environment including the rhythms of land and then tapping into Indian rhythmical tala structures as a framework to reimagine our bodies from another time/space. 


Date: Friday, 24 February 10am-2pm
Cost: $40 F | $25 DH member



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Dr. Priya Srinivasan is a dancer, choreographer and writer originally from Melbourne and has lived and performed around the globe. Her award winning book "Sweating Saris: Indian Dance As Transnational Labor" connecting modern and postmodern dance with Indian dance, migration and labor forms the basis of her research and practice. Her research and performance work reveals its own labor framed by  postmodern sensibilities while grounded in Indian "traditional" performance practices. Her work has been presented in diverse settings in many theatre houses, galleries, universities, museums, parks, historic buildings, and in public spaces such as the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai (China), The Korzo Theatre (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), Treasury Building (Melbourne Australia), Unknown Theatre, Barclay, Irvine Civic Center and Bill Barber Park, in Los Angeles (USA), Harvard University (USA), Stanford University (USA), Oxford University (UK). She hopes to serve the communities of Melbourne in de-centering practices, re-imagining history in the present, and develop socio-political critiques through dance practice, in order to enable a better understanding of how the arts helps diverse communities accept their mutual dependence.


SEE ALSO: Jaipur Literary Festival AsiaTOPA (Fed Square-February 11-12), Traces of Becoming (Immigration Museum – February 15-18), The Past in the Present (Dancehouse - February 25), and Asian Arts in Australia: Long Pasts and Possible Futures (Asia Institute and Lesley Kehoe Galleries March 31-April 1).

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.