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Sweating Saris
Sweating Saris
WhenFriday, Apr. 27, 2018, 7 – 9 p.m.
WhereKelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theater
University of Washington
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE

This interactive multimedia duet between Ramya Harishankar and Dr. Priya Srinivasan explores the ways th at performance as research can come alive. Based on Srinivasan's book Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor, which examines the history of Indian dance from1880 to the present in the US in relation to restrictive anti-Asian immigration policies (between 1924-1965), the performance features her long relationship with Harishankar, her students, and teaching processes while questioning dance not just as an aesthetic form but its relationship to socio-political, historical, cultural, racialized, and gendered forms of power.


Post-performance Panel with artists:

Chair and Moderator.

Catherine Cole, Divisional Dean for Arts, UW Seattle


Juliet McMains, Department of Dance, UW Seattle

Jade Power-Sotomayor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
Naomi Bragin, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell

Joyce Paul Siamak, Founder and Artistic Director, Arpan Arts

More information at:


This event is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors:South Asia Center, UW Seattle
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
Division of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, UW Seattle
Department of Dance, UW Seattle
The Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW Seattle
Comparative History of Ideas, UW Seattle
Global Studies, UW Bothell
Culture, Literature & the Arts, UW Bothell
Society, Ethics & Human Behavior, UW Bothell
MA in Cultural Studies, UW Bothell
American & Ethnic Stu dies, UW Bothell
India Association of Western Washington
From Within Academy

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