Racializing Creativity in South Asian American Dance


ACLS Project Development Grants


Music, Asian Studies


The South Asian dancing body is racialized multiply on the American dance floor. While this brown body is held to the performance of culture in a structure of power that is built around white creativity, it also performs a dominance that is intertwined with caste and religious nationalism. Racializing Creativity explores how South Asian American dancers claim the term “contemporary” as a generic strategy to work within and beyond their racialization on the American dance floor. The grant will fund field research toward a book project on contemporary creativity in South Asian dance.