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Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies presents:
blood run  
A lecture-performance by Cynthia Ling Lee 
Assistant Professor of Dance at UC Santa Cruz
Thursday, December 1, 2016
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Prosser Theater in Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University
Free & open to the public
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Cynthia Ling Lee will present a lecture-performance on her newest solo show, blood run, a work that asks what hidden histories are contained in the body, while poignantly acknowledging the impossibility of fully reclaiming what has been lost. blood run investigates Lee’s Han Chinese colonizer and Taiwanese plains indigenous heritages within the context of larger political histories, asking: “What is the difference between an immigrant and a colonizer?” “How do the colonizer and colonized live inside the same body?” “When does survival require disappearance?” Combining critical theorization with performing excerpts of the show, Lee will discuss blood run’s development as part of the Post Natyam Collective’s long-distance process, Reimagining Citizenship. She will also address their newest project, Resurfacing Borders, on borders, migration, and citizenship. The Post Natyam Collective is a transnational, web-based coalition of dance artists whose work triangulates between theory, art making, and activism.
See an excerpt of the performance here.

Presenter Biography:

Cynthia Ling Lee creates choreography and scholarship that instigate postcolonial, queer, and feminist-of-color interventions in the field of experimental body-based performance. Trained in US postmodern dance and North Indian classical kathak, she is committed to intimate collaborative processes and foregrounding marginalized voices and aesthetics. Her interdisciplinary performance work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (New York), REDCAT (Los Angeles), East West Players (Los Angeles), Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta), Kuandu Arts Festival (Taipei), IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance (New Delhi), and Chandra-Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai). Cynthia was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Exchange Fellowship, and a Taipei Artist Village Residency. Recent publications include a case study in Dance Education Around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change (Routledge) and co-written articles with Sandra Chatterjee in Feminist Media: Participatory Spaces, Networks and Cultural Citizenship (eds. Elke Zobl and Ricarda Drüeke), Studies in South Asian Film and Media, and Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance, ed. Clare Croft (Oxford University Press, anticipated publication date Fall 2017). Influential teachers and mentors include Simone Forti, Eiko & Koma, Judy Mitoma, Pallabi Chakravorty, Bandana Sen, Kumudini Lakhia, Anjani Ambegaokar, and the contact improvisation community. Cynthia is a member of the Post Natyam Collective, a board member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and an assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies 2016 - 2017 is curated around the theme of “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship.” All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. To join the mailing list, contact Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh at
The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-sponsors include the Stanford Humanities Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Feminisms & Queerings working group. Administrative support provided by the Department of Theater & Performance Studies.



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