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Pluralism in Odissi: Styles and Aesthetics

Virtual Conference

May 25, 2022 – May 27, 2022

Pluralism in Odissi: Styles and Aesthetics will focus on pluralism in the tradition, transition, and transformation of Odissi from an eastern Indian dance form to a global spectacle. The Odissi Path Finder published by the Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, India featured three styles: Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Debaprasad Das, and Guru Pankaj Charan Das. However, there have been varying degrees of marginalization in the field that still lacks an understanding of the technical features and stylistic difference. This event will feature marginalized voices, especially from Guru Mayadhar Raut, Guru Surendranath Jena, and Guru Hari Krishna Behera styles of Odissi.

  • Pluralism in Odissi: Styles and Aesthetics

    May 25, 2022 – May 27, 2022

    Pluralism in Odissi: Styles and Aesthetics will focus on pluralism in the tradition, transition, and transformation of Odissi from an eastern Indian dance form to a global spectacle. The Odissi Path Finder published by the Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, India featured three styles: Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Debaprasad Das, and Guru Pankaj Charan Das. However, there have been varying degrees of marginalization in the field that still lacks an understanding of the technical features and stylistic differences. This event will feature marginalized voices, especially from Guru Mayadhar Raut, Guru Surendranath Jena, and Guru Hare Krishna Behera styles of Odissi. This conference reframes pioneering legacy work as a feed-forward mechanism making space for analysis and critique rather than hagiography.

Shaping S-Curves 2021

What is choreography in Odissi? How does one approach creativity in this eastern Indian dance form that is embedded within curvilinear principles? What is the purpose of the Odissi aesthetic? This event focuses on describing the heterogeneity among the choreographic principles used in Odissi. This art form has historical and contemporary lives in concert practice and in cultural festivals. Focusing on solo/group works, percussive/expressive idioms, religious/spiritual foci, transnational/diasporic performances, as well as political/contemporary interpretations, this conference presents a snapshot of the aesthetic potential in the field of Odissi. See the conference abstract book here.

  • Shaping S-Curves: Choreographic Process

    June 14, 2021 – June 19, 2021

    What is choreography in Odissi? How does one approach creativity in this eastern Indian dance form that is embedded within curvilinear principles? What is the purpose of the Odissi aesthetic? This event focuses on describing the heterogeneity among the choreographic principles used in Odissi. This art form has historical and contemporary lives in concert practice and in cultural festivals. Focusing on solo/group works, percussive/expressive idioms, religious/spiritual foci, transnational/diasporic performances, as well as political/contemporary interpretations, this conference presents a snapshot of the aesthetic potential in the field of Odissi.

Sensate Technicities 2020

The UNC Charlotte Department of Dance is hosting a summer camp program called Sensate Technicities inviting dance scholars, artists, teachers, and students. In this intensive, students will experience holistically from veteran experts in the field and also from locally renowned artists/ educators. Participants will learn Odissi technique, repertory, theory, and history. There will also be panel discussions, book talks, and research presentations focussing on classical Indian dance.

  • Sensate Technicities 2020: A Conversation Across Dance Cultures and Techniques

    July 6, 2020 – July 12, 2020

    Camp Timings: 9 am to 9 pm July 6 - 12 2020;
    Robinson Hall, Department of Dance, UNC Charlotte;
    All ages and experiences welcome;

    The UNC Charlotte Department of Dance is hosting a summer camp program called Sensate Technicities inviting dance scholars, artists, teachers, and students. In this intensive, students will experience holistically from veteran experts in the field and also from locally renowned artists/ educators. Participants will learn Odissi technique, repertory, theory, and history. There will also be panel discussions, book talks, and research presentations focussing on classical Indian dance.

    It is open to all starting from beginners to advanced students and practitioners. A one-week program, Sensate Technicities, will introduce intellectual engagement alongside embodied rigor in the eastern Indian dance form called Odissi. It will educate an array of intergenerational students with the pretext of academic pursuit of dance. Students will work in a studio setting and learn from multiple teachers focusing on Body Conditioning, Technique, Choreography, Theory, and History. Students will be categorized into groups depending upon their exposure to the form. There will be opportunities to take masterclasses from multiple teachers. The 2020 edition will focus on the topic of immersion and how it features in pedagogical, choreographic, and performative aspects of Odissi dance. The camp organizers are in conversation with and hope to feature big names in the field of Odissi, namely, Sujata Mohapatra, Bijoyini Satpathy, and veteran artist Kumkum Mohanty.

    This event will be in continuation of the Odissi International Series pioneered by dance critic/ scholar Shyamhari Chakra in 2009.

    Application for the intensive, performance, and scholarly presentations start in January 25 2020.

     

    Photo Courtesy: Kuldeep Singh
    Photo Credit: Arun Kumar

Sensate Technicities 2019

Dance connects communities, bringing people together, who move and sweat alongside one other towards a sense of embodied nourishment. This conference hopes to bring multiple communities of practice in conversation with one another. Ranging from South Asian classical form called Odissi to Afro-Brazilian Modern dance technique Silvestre, this symposium opens up the lecture-halls and dance-studios of UNCC campus to the community at large. While scholars in disciplines across dance studies, architecture, digital humanities, computer science, and anthropology will present their work, practitioners will bring their crafts to wider audiences through concert shows, performances, and master-classes.

  • Sensate Technicities: A Conversation Across Dance Cultures and Techniques

    May 3, 2019 – May 5, 2019

    Dance connects communities, bringing people together, who move and sweat alongside one other towards a sense of embodied nourishment. This conference hopes to bring multiple communities of practice in conversation with one another. Ranging from South Asian classical form called Odissi to Afro-Brazilian Modern dance technique Silvestre, this symposium opens up the lecture-halls and dance-studios of UNCC campus to the community at large. While scholars in disciplines across dance studies, architecture, digital humanities, computer science, and anthropology will present their work, practitioners will bring their crafts to wider audiences through concert shows, performances, and master-classes. test

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  • eBooks and the Academic Library Market: The Charlotte Initiative Open Conference, March 9 and 10, 2017

    March 9, 2017 – March 10, 2017

    The landscape of eBooks in the academic library market is rapidly evolving, with many moving pieces to explore. Over the past two years, through research and collaboration, the Mellon-funded Charlotte Initiative has examined the current library market and looked toward the future of eBooks.  We are exploring how permanent eBook access in support of traditional academic usage can be achieved.  We invite you to join this conversation and learn more about our research at our free conference.

    The conference has no registration fee, but attendees are responsible for their own expenses. Please check back for updates to the preliminary program.

    If you can’t attend locally, live streaming of portions of the conference will also be available, and all sessions will be recorded.  If you plan to view any or all of the conference streaming, please register for streaming access.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • eBook licensing for academic libraries: challenges and opportunities
    • Business models to support permanent ownership and perpetual access
    • eBooks and the user experience
    • Role of libraries and eBooks in textbook affordability efforts
    • Short term eBook hosting and long term preservation strategies
    • Overall snapshot of the academic eBook market landscape

    Offerings include workshops, panels, and informational sessions that bring together librarians, university press representatives, consortia leaders, bookstore representatives, and other stakeholders interested in a future that allows permanent access to eBooks for acquisition and collections.

    Note about location: We are aware that legislation decisions made by the North Carolina state government in 2016 restrict the ability for some individuals interested in attending our conference to travel to the state. After much consideration and review of alternative locations, the decision was made to hold the open conference in Charlotte, NC, as originally proposed and budgeted. This decision was not made lightly. We will be providing virtual programming for those who will not be travelling to Charlotte but are interested in the important conversations on eBook acquisition over the 2-day conference.

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