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Situating the Body: Choreographies of Transmigration

Fensham, RS and Kelada, O (2012) Situating the Body: Choreographies of Transmigration Journal of Intercultural Studies, 33 (4). pp. 383-398.

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This article asks questions about how interculturalism might be informed by thinking through choreography. It examines the techniques and strategies of two Malaysian-Australian artists, Chandrabhanu and Yap, whose transmigration has constructed new forms from the memories and histories of dancing bodies. It asks how embodied experience, that includes dance knowledges, might adapt before or after other social and political adjustments? It will examine how their choreography develops as a means to imagine the self beyond hegemonic political and social models of identity. In this regard, we have utilised the work of Stoetzler and Yuval-Davis to theorise the concept of the situated imagination and Sara Ahmed to complicate our understanding of diasporic experience in relation to home and belonging. We offer some mapping strategies to ‘trace the cross-pollination between various states’ in migratory bodies. Through discussion of two productions we consider in what ways Chandrabhanu and Yap establish modes of performative, and thus affective belonging, to place and nation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Kelada, O
Date : August 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords : intercultural embodiment, situated imagination, fantasy, transmigration, Malaysia, home, childhood, performance, choreography
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:13
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 17:59

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