The Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair continues to play an influential role in the cultural and intellectual life at UMKC and in the Kansas City community.
The Cockefair Chair continues its 60-year tradition of presenting fascinating lectures. Lectures are announced as soon as arrangements are final. Please check this website and subscribe to our contact list so that you are sure to receive the most current lecture information.
In Love and War
Critical Representations of Bharatanāṭyam Dance Today
Subverting popular representations of Indian dance, choreographer/scholar Hari Krishnan along with dancers Annie Kidwell and Maren Westgard and renowned vocalist/Wesleyan University music professor B. Balasubrahmaniyan and percussionist Fugan Dineen, discuss and perform multiple engagements with the dynamic, complex histories, and aesthetic representations of Bharatanāṭyam dance, which continue to circulate in ever-expanding global directions.
The presentation begins with Krishnan’s lecture, where he introduces the complex histories of Bharatanāṭyam, based on his 2019 book Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanātyam, where he discusses the entangled emergence of two art forms (Tamil Cinema and Bharatanāṭyam), addressing key questions around the fluid and reciprocal exchange of knowledge between screen and stage versions of Bharatanāṭyam in the early decades of the twentieth century.
The presentation concludes with the artists performing the richness of historical and contemporary Bharatanāṭyam dance to live music. The performance weaves together Krishnan’s multiple personas as an artist and scholar working across several historical and aesthetic frameworks.
Free Master Dance Class
Introduction to Bharatanātyam Technique by Hari Krishnan
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Studio 103, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
4949 Cherry St., 64110
Metered parking is available on level 5 of the Cherry Street Garage.
No reservation required
In the past few years, our audiences have heard famous historians, experts on climate change and foreign policy, renowned authors, educators and others who examine contemporary life. More outstanding lectures are coming from the Cockefair Chair.
Recent lecturers include authors Adam Gopnik, Andrew Kaplan, Ben Lerner and Meg Wolitzer, experts on climate change Diana Liverman and Bill McKibben, artist Carrie Mae Weems, former Ambassador Michael McFaul, educators Sarah Lewis and Sarah Marty, historian Andrew Bacevich, former Press Secretary to the President Josh Earnest, founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson