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Title: Magic on wheels: A study of re-engagement, re-enactment and re-staging the stereotypes of performativity and performance of persons with disabilities in the choreography of Syed Sallauddin Pasha
Authors: Sharma R.
Kumar, Nagendra
Published in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Abstract: Amidst society’s segregation of the people among minorities on the basis of gender, race, caste and creed, it is difficult to locate the position of another extreme social minority, i.e. persons with disabilities. But the turn of the century has validated some art and activism performed by persons with disabilities due to which the disabled have marked their position in literature, film and media to some extent, yet they have not secured a position of dignity in the mainstream. To make disabled people visible, Syed Sallauddin Pasha (the father Indian dance therapy for persons with disabilities) initiates his own Natya Shastra i.e. Classical Wheelchair Dances for differently abled artists. Drawing upon Syed Sallauddin Pasha’s therapeutic dance choreography, the present paper studies performance arts in the context of differently abled people, and for this, the paper explores the intersection of Performance Studies and Disability Studies. In performing arts (or dance in particular), the body is the medium of representation, likewise, the body defines the identity in the context of disabled people. Therefore, the paper by studying the intersection of Disability Studies and Performance Studies, explores the stereotypes related to the body by scrutinising the disabled dance bodies on the stage. The paper further attempts to explore the idea of accessibility for persons with disabilities by taking into account the assistive devices and accessible architecture. The study then goes into an analysis of spectators’ response, stare and gaze towards disability dance performances. In a broader context, the paper offers to scrutinise the negative stereotypes attached to disability and disabled dancing bodies on stage by exploring the nuances in Syed Sallauddin Pasha’s choreography. © AesthetixMS 2021
Citation: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 13(3)
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Aesthetics Media Services
Keywords: Accessibility
Physically integrated dance
ISSN: 9752935
Author Scopus IDs: 57357671800
Author Affiliations: Sharma, R., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Roorkee, India
Kumar, N., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Roorkee, India
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