Donnerstag, 21. April 2016, 18:15 - 19:45 iCal

The Impact of the Neo-Tantric Movement

on the Choreographic Traditions in Europe and India (1960s to 2000s)

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Universitätscampus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Ein Vortrag von Dr. Tiziana Leucci (Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud , CNRS)


The presentation will focus on the impact of the Neo-Tantric Movement on the choreographic avant-gardes in Europe and India, from the 1960s onwards. Three major figures in the international landscape of dance in these years are chosen to illustrate the phenomenon. After a chronological analysis of the works of the French choreographer Maurice Béjart (1927–2007), the presentation will deal with some later stage productions by two remarkable Indian choreographers and feminist activists: Chandralekha (1928–2006) and Mallika Sarabhai (b. 1954). These three “counter-culture” choreographers expressed their own ideas, quests and struggles by exploring the “shadow and light” in the meanders of the human mind, body, sexuality and emotions, and by employing in their choreographies some Indian poems and musical compositions as well as several abstract symbols and diagrams borrowed from the Tantric traditions. Special attention will be devoted here to the authors and literary texts that deeply influenced their artistic work and struggle eloquently mirroring the con¬temporary “love and peace” ideologies of the hippies, the quests for “oriental” spirituality, sexual liberation and freedom of expression, the political contestation of conservatism, racial discrimination and military power, and the support of women's emancipation, the ecological movement and the human rights movement.

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Judith Starecek
Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
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