Choreography for Global Stage introduces readers to the exciting, challenging, ever-changing, and dynamic world of choreography for a global audience. Jayanthi Raman brings four decades of her experience and expertise as a scholar, master artist, author, and successful choreographer in writing this book.
Foreword written by Carla Mann, Judy Massee Professor of Dance, Reed College, Portland, OR.
The publication invites readers to experience the artistry and creativity of dance choreographers as they embrace the influx of multitude of dance styles specifically the bi-lateral influence of Indian classical dance and world dance forms including modern, ballet and other contemporary dance styles. The publication presents all aspects of dance choreography as an art form, including chapters on: phases of choreography; the dancer; the audience; global influences affecting Indian dance – specifically Bharatha Natyam; and inevitably the influence this art has had on modern dance; evolution of the art from its roots and structured vocabulary in ancient Sanskrit literature to current era. Dance in education, careers in dance and the business of choreography is approached.
Among the eight classical dance styles in India, focus will be on Bharatha Natyam, which has become a world-wide phenomenon, thanks to multitude of teachers and students thriving in small rural cities to larger urban spaces. The dance has risen from within the temples of India with its antiquated roots to its modern day practice in South Asian communities; spreading across the globe and ever evolving with influence of global dance styles. Indian classical dance has moved from the outer fringes of exotic world dance realm to its current position on international stage. Dance, as other art forms is evolving reflecting the inter-cultural effects of globalization. Many teachers and students of the Indian diaspora are methodically expanding the access into local Universities, colleges, cultural and community events. The book incorporates dramatic photos and helpful charts that illustrate text information, including photos of some of the author's previous dance productions.