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Anusha Kedhar

Anusha Kedhar

Assistant Professor
Office: Arts 105

Anusha Kedhar (Ph.D. Critical Dance Studies, UCR) is a scholar and practitioner of dance. Her research examines the intersection of race, labor, dance, and neoliberalism. Her current book project, Flexible Bodies: Contemporary South Asian Dancers in Britain, investigates the conditions of economic, political, and social precarity produced by neoliberalism, and the creative dance and bodily practices dancers deploy to manage and thrive in those conditions. Combining ethnography, choreographic analysis, and political economy analysis, the book shows how contemporary British South Asian dancers have been able to accumulate power and capital within an unstable, uneven, and uncertain global (dance) economy through an array of flexible bodily practices, including agility, versatility, speed, mobility, and risk-taking. Ultimately, Flexible Bodies argues that examining dance as flexible labor shows that flexibility is not just a capitalist tool of exploitation; it is also a bodily tactic and an embodied response to the precariousness of racialized and gendered labor in late capitalism. Kedhar's scholarly writing has been published in Dance Research Journal, The Feminist Wire, and The New York Times. She is a Fulbright Scholar (India) and the recipient of the Selma Jeanne Cohen award by the Society of Dance History Scholars for excellence in dance scholarship. Kedhar is also an established performer and choreographer. She has trained for over thirty years in the South Indian classical dance form, bharata natyam, with Ramya Harishankar (US) as well as Mavin Khoo (Malta), Prakash Yadagudde (UK), and the late Kalanidhi Narayanan (India). Since 2004, she has worked with various South Asian choreographers in the US, UK, and Europe, including Subathra Subramaniam (UK), Mayuri Boonham (UK), Johanna Devi (Germany), Cynthia Ling Lee (US), and Meena Murugesan (US). Her choreography has been presented in London, Malta, Los Angeles, Colorado, and New York.


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