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Feminist practices, dramaturgy and performance texts in Indian post-colonial context

Public Lecture with Professor Bishnupriya Dutt, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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Onsdag 10. april 2024,  kl. 14:00 - 16:00


Kasernen, Building 1585, Store Sal. Langelandsgade 143

Public Lecture with Professor Bishnupriya Dutt, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi India

Feminist practices in post-colonial India, particularly feminist dramaturgy have radically deconstructed western canons which dominated the colonial and post-colonial repertoire. Instead of making shifts through translations and adaptations as the first generation of theatre makers did after independence, the feminist interventions made a direct leap from the canonical texts to create performance texts with dramaturgy ingrained in the process. Often working intensively, individually and collectively to create performance texts, they have successfully denigrated iconic authors and canonical texts, created ruptures and established their own authorial presence. In the process they have explored aesthetical explorations which underlines how theatre can be made in a political way.

Biography Professor Bishnupriya Dutt
is Professor of Theatre and Performance studies, in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi India. Her area of research includes politics and theatre, feminist readings of Indian Theatre, Contemporary performance practices and popular culture. Her most recent publications include Maya Rao and Indian Feminist Theatre (Cambridge, 2022); ‘Post-colonial imaginations: Afro-Asian dialogues in the past and present’ in Miriam Haughton et al eds: Theatre, Performance and Commemoration (Methuen, 2023).  She has also led a number of international project collaborations with University of Warwick, Freie Universitat, Berlin and University of Cologne.She is currently the President of the International Federation for Theatre Research.  She was a distinguished fellow at Temporal Community, EXC2020 (2023), F.U. Berlin and at present a Leverhulme Distinguished Professorship at the RCSSD, London.

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Organized by Cultural Transformations, Aarhus University.