Intersecting theory and embodiment, text slides and melts across the moving landscape of female skin, simultaneously labeling and evading graspable descriptions. The work’s mysterious, sensual imagery ponders the conflicted legacy of India's courtesan through the literal and imagined inscription of post-colonial theory on her eroticized and yet vulnerable body.

The idea for “skin” originated as part of the Post Natyam Collective’s long-distance creative process.

skin frame

Concept/choreography/performance: Cynthia Lee director/photography/editing: Sangita Shresthova text: Sumita Chakravarty's National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987 music composition: Loren Nerell production support: Carol McDowell Year: © 2010