South Asian Experimental Dance Artists: Kinetic Visualities

Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2022

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

Thursday through Saturday, Noon to 7pm; Sunday Noon to 5pm
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South Asian Experimental Dance Artists: Kinetic Visualities


The exhibition Kinetic Visualities will present art processes by the members of SAEDA (South Asian Experimental Dance Artists), a United States-based collective which explores shared and divergent artistic processes and disrupts representations of South Asian bodies in the diaspora.

Featuring works of video, installation, and drawings by Parijat Desai (New York), Meena Murugesan (Los Angeles), Lionel Popkin (Los Angeles), and Pramila Vasudevan (St. Paul, Minnestota), the exhibition is co-curated by SAEDA, including co-founder Hari Krishnan, Professor and Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

This exhibition is part of the 46th annual Navarati Festival at Wesleyan, taking place from Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2, 2022.


Dance in the Round with Parijat Desai - Friday, September 30, 2022 at 12:15pm, CFA Courtyard. Rain Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery. FREE!

Master Class with Sujata Goel: Bollywood Dance—A Globalized Body - Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11am, Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown. FREE!

Funding for SAEDA is provided by the Mellon Foundation.

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IMAGES (clockwise from top left)

Parijat Desai
Video still by Alla Kovgan

Pramila Vasudevan
Photo by Pramila Vasudevan

Meena Murugesan
Visual art glitch: Meena Murugesan
Photo by d. Sabela grimes

Lionel Popkin
Pictured (from left to right) Ajani Brannum, Meena Murugesan, Lionel Popkin in The Oedipus/Antigone Project
Photo by Nicola Goode