Friday, 18 May 2018
7.00pm-7.45pm Discussion Group
8.00pm Guest Speaker
Indian Dance Theatre traditions
In the west, Carl Jung highlighted the role of archetypes as a framework for analysing our relationship with our life narratives and for self-reflection. In the Red Book, he experimented with symbolic and archetypal narratives which resonated with some of the traditional ritual theatre traditions from India - especially in the role of symbolic art used to express spaces of mystery. The Indian text on theatre, Natya Sastra (1stc BCE to 3rdc CE), sets out in artistic, psychological and metaphysical terms the ways in which emotional states are embodied in ritual theatre.
The talk will look at the philosophy and dance theatre theory in Indian traditions and how they were sophisticated and rigorous frameworks of contemplative spaces. It will link it to archetypal frameworks espoused by Carl Jung and others such as James Hillman and how these can be complementary to the eastern traditions, especially in recreating these practices in contemporary cultures.
PADMA MENON has an international career as a choreographer, facilitator, teacher and dance activist. She was one of India’s top classical dancers having trained under legendary Indian choreographers. After moving to Australia she led one of Australia’s first contemporary professional multicultural dance companies in the nineties. In 1994 she was awarded Canberra Times Artist of the Year. Padma has post graduate qualifications in English Literature and Choreography from the Netherlands. Besides classical Indian dance theatre, she has also studied and taught contemporary western dance, Indian martial arts practice of kalaripayattu, yoga and Indian Vedanta philosophy. Currently she is the founder of Moving Archetypes which runs courses in dance as a way of connecting with archetypes from all over the world for contemplation and self-reflection.