Tara Fatehi Irani

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(Photo credit: Annotated Laban notation of Kathak dance undertaken during workshop)

As part of Bodies of Knowledge, Tara Fatehi Irani worked with the Kathak dancer Kesha Raithatha and doctoral researcher Julia Giese to lead workshops for South Asian women in Tower Hamlets and Charnwood. Using family photographs and Kathak dance, they explored how memories and practices of migration, identity and power are negotiated through gesture.

The workshops were documented via annotated Laban notation of Kathak dance, and in line drawings by David Caines. A conversation between Raithatha, Giese and Fatehi Irani reflecting on the workshops features in Bodies of Knowledge, published by Radar and the Live Art Development Agency.

Tara Fatehi Irani is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and researcher working with fabricated histories, fictionalised facts, mistranslated memories and unattended archives. Her work is primarily concerned with the ephemeral interactions between memories, words and sites and the transformation of these through performance, language and installation. She works in a range of media including performance, video, sound, installation, writing, collage and a multitude of objects. My most recent works engage with themes of displacement, translation and historical inaccuracies. Tara has performed at Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Liverpool, and SPILL Festival of Performance and Chelsea Theatre. Tara is a member of Documentation Action Research Collective (DARC), and a doctoral researcher at the University of Roehampton, London.

Kesha Raithatha's involvement in Bodies of Knowledge is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Bodies of Knowledge

Three commissions using performance workshops and experimental documentary to explore the body as a site for the production and retention of knowledge. Read more

Project Partners

Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination

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Kesha Raithatha

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Live Art Development Agency

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Charnwood Arts

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Movement with Meaning: Dance, Identity, Knowledge

Wed 24 February 2021

19:00pm - 21:00pm

An online event with film and discussion exploring how dance produces meaning for audiences and dancers. Read more

Bodies of Knowledge in Residence at Attenborough Arts Centre

Fri 25 October 2019

00:00am - 00:00am

Radar presents ongoing work exploring the body as a site for the production of knowledge. Read more


Bodies of Knowledge: Three Conversations on Movement, Communication and Identity

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