Postgraduate Diploma in South Asian Dance Studies
The focus of this programme is South Asian Dance in the 20th century with two compulsory modules exploring the relationship of South Asian dance forms/genres and their cultural context with reference to the Indian subcontinent and the UK. The first module focuses on the dance works of key 20th century South Asian choreographers/dance artists in UK and in India, raising a number of issues. The other taught modules develop key topics. Students are encouraged, if appropriate, to draw on their own South Asian dance experience.
South Asian dance in India: nationalism and modernisation
South Asian dance and its diaspora: socio-historical and cultural context, with special reference to the UK
South Asian dance genres: issues of classicism, style and their definition
Abhinaya and its aesthetics in the different genres
Traditional and innovative choreography in South Asian dance genres
South Asian dance genres and their music
The artistic context of South Asian dance genres.
The dance body in South Asian dance genres: issues of training and technique