Sujata Goel: In Search of Context, In Search of Home
In this text reading, Sujata Goel outlines her personal narrative as a dancer and choreographer over 25 years. Through a diaristic approach, she delineates her path of migration from the USA to India and Europe in search of artistic context and belonging. Her account, ultimately resulting in a ‘career’ that could never happen, attempts to address the larger politics of Orientalism, Eurocentrism and displacement that continue to demand attention in the global contemporary dance world.
The text reading will be followed by a conversation with the audience, moderated by Padmini Chettur.
Since 2020, Fabián Barba, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Moya Michael, Sujata Goel, Jolie Reymond Ngemi and Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey Mamasita have been coming together to write, work and converse as Dancing at the Crossroads (as we walk).
They are a group of migrant dance professionals who have studied in, lived in or are based in Flanders. Their collective work seeks to unveil and confront colonialism and racism in the established international dance networks of western Europe.
For the past two years, they have been supported by workspacebrussels as resident artists. After a period of slow and patient labour they share their process during the Open Studios. The five-day programme consists of text readings, performances and conversations.