Traveling Exchanges: Theatres, Architectures, and Heritage (TETAH) examines the impact of evolving models of performing heritage in South India on traveling cultural exchanges in museums and cultural heritage centres. This undertaking addresses the interplay between the staging of folk and classical performance forms and performance sites at museum or cultural heritage settings. Examples, such as the evolving forms of staging of Daveli, Kalaripayattu, and Kuttiyattam in Kerala and Theru Koothu and Silambattam in Tamil Nadu. Living history and interactive museum sites have emerged in response to the shifting nexus of performance, labor, migration, and cultural exchange in the region. The project will generate three interrelated trajectories that encompass arts, research, and networking activities as they emerge from a range of cross-cultural investigations on performing heritage in India.

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Towards Arts and Research Platforms

That lead to new networking activities and collaborative projects through investigations into performing heritage in India.

It all started …

early on during my international arts exchange work in Europe and Asia. During the past 7 years, I have spent, more particularly, up to 2-3 months a year in Kerala on a very regular basis. During these visits, I worked with a number of contemporary and classical Indian performers on a series of small projects. Then, in 2014, I brought 3 Indian artists to Hong Kong for an international project, and in 2015, I lead a one-month project on Water in Kerala in Kochi and Kollam, India. As I navigated the uneven, and at times incommensurate, terrain between experimental performance and a range of cross-cultural arts exchanges, I have become increasingly keen on blending together my work as a Performance Studies Scholar and Artist, an evolving interest in heritage studies, and an investigation of how new cultural livelihoods can be generated.