Research and Practice

Workshops, conferences, research work, community programs and social programs




Paper on Bauls presented at PSi 20

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Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China. July, 2014.

Paper: ‘Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity’

 

Paper on Bauls presented at PSi 19

Stanford University, California, USA. June, 2013.

Paper: ‘Tracing the Traceless: Renegotiating Baul Identities Through the Lens of Performance’

Performed in The Symphonic Body (directed by artist Ann Carlson), as part of PSi19 and also worked as student organizer for other PSi events and talks on Stanford University campus.

 

Jean Claude Carriere: Writing - Film vs Theatre

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Organized by Sukanya C.

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center. Monday, March 18, 2013 | 4:00pm until 5:30pm in PDT.

Jean Claude Carriere draws from his six decades of experience in constructing stories to explain commonalities, differences and the evolution of the two different storytelling modes.

 

Paper on Jatra presented at PSi 18

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University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. June 28 - July 2, 2012.

Paper: ‘Jatra: Performing Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Bengal’

 

Workshop by Lois Weaver

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November 2012

‘Where do you come from?’ – I am rolling this question around in my mind, trying to remember where I come from. From Kolkata? From India? From Bangladesh? From homelessness? From an undefined state of nostalgia? As Lois Weaver introduced several questions for us to think about when we all sat around a circle, I realized we were going somewhere from ‘here’ – the present moment. Within the next few days, about fifteen of us were grouping and regrouping together, playing games, brainstorming ideas, creating rituals and performance pieces, independently and collectively. ‘What do you really care for?’ was another of her questions. ‘No, no, what do you really care for?...no, no, no, no, what do you absolutely really really care for and you think is the most important thing to you?’

 

CRY India

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Summer 2012

Performance workshop with the underprivileged children of Dhakuria, Kolkata

 

Getting On, a Backstage Tour

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Location: San Francisco Senior Center
Date / Time: September 14-17, 2012, 10:30pm-12:30pm

This Open Theatre Workshop is run by internationally acclaimed Artists and Theatre Professors Lois Weaver (Queen Mary University of London), Helen Paris and Leslie Hill (Stanford University).

 

Lord of the Meeting Rivers

Kolkata, India, June 2005

Actor in a short film

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A short film screened at Berlin Asia Pacific Film Festival

Directed by Shantanu Trivedi

 
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Welcome

Sukanya Thumbnail I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. I identify as an artist-scholar, and my training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.

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Sukanya C.