Workshopday at Paris-Lodron University Salzburg

For an intense day of exchange, we invited theorists from various fields to share their perspectives on Nyota Inyoka’s oeuvre on Friday April 1st 2022:

Urmimala Sarkar (social anthropologist specialized in dance and visual culture, New Delhi),
Inge Baxmann (cultural scientist, Berlin),
Anne Décoret-Ahiha (dance anthropologist, Lyon),
Pauline Chevalier (art historian, Paris)


Presentation at Centre national de la danse – CN D

Within the framework of the project “Contemporary Reflections on Nyota Inyoka” Sandra Chatterjee, Christina Gillinger-Correa Vivar, Nicole Haitzinger, Gerrit Berenike Heiter and Amanda Piña presented their insights at the CND near Paris. The presentation will be available online until the 8th of March 2022. Furthermore the team could visit the fashion museum (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris) and see some pieces of Nyota’s private wardrobe designed by Paul Poiret, Mouna Katorza and Madame Grès.

Research Presentation @CND

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Dancing with Nyota in Paris

Thanks to the project “Contemporary Reflections on Nyota Inyoka” in the framework of “Aide à la Recherche” at Centre national de la danse – CN D Amanda Piña could join the team for an intense research phase: Dancing in the Marais, viewing material at BnF Richelieu and visiting the venues that Nyota used to show her dances at, like the Salle Adyar, Palais de Chaillot, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Théâtre du Rond Point, Théâtre Marigny, Le Théâtre du Vieux Colombier and Les Folies Bergère.

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Forgotten Dancers / / Forgotten Archives Part 2


Sunday, 29th November 2020 at 18:00 hrs (Central European Time)

In the three-part event FORGOTTEN DANCERS//FORGOTTEN ARCHIVES we are looking at gaps in dance historiographies and contemporary dance practices, that render certain dancers and their achievements, certain movement and artistic practices, as well as certain archives invisible.

In this second of three events engaging with this topic, a group of researchers, practition- ers and curators consisting of Franz Anton Cramer, Christina Gillinger-Correa Vivar, Nicole Haitzinger, Hari Krishnan, Anna Wagner and Eike Wittrock, will discuss forgotten dancers and forgotten archives in a moderated panel discussion from the perspectives of their re- spective research and practical interests and work.

Part 1 of Forgotten Dancers//Forgotten Archives was a Zoom Mini-Symposium (which can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/426562368 ). PART 3 is planned as a live event in July 2021.

Organisation and Moderation: Sandra Chatterjee and Sarah Bergh

This event is part of CHAKKARs – Moving Interventions, a platform that wants to facili- tate spaces in which PoC, postmigrant, decolonizing, critical intersectional, anti-racist, and critically white perspectives can be negotiated in and through dance, bodies and physical cultures.


Hari Krishnan a professor at Wesleyan University’s Departments of Dance and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies in Connecticut and is also the artistic director of Toronto based dance company, inDANCE. His scholarship and artistic practice intersects dance, critical histories and social justice issues. In the context of the question of Forgotten dancers// Forgotten archives , Hari Krishnan’s focus is on the early influence of cinema from South India (as a forgotten archive) in the modern history of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, which he wrote about in his recent book Celluloid Classicism (Wesleyan University Press 2019).

Franz Anton Cramer and Nicole Haitzinger, along with Sandra Chatterjee, are collaborating on a research project about the (almost forgotten) Parisian dancer and choreographer Nyota Inyoka (1896-1971) in the project Border-Dancing across Time, creating synergies between their respective research lenses (archival oeuvre, creolité, authorial position). Christina Gillinger-Correa Vivar who is also part of the research team of Border- Dancing across Time is researching Armen Ohanian and Leila Bederkhan, two exotified dancers of the dance scene of 1930s Paris, while also drawing analogies to Nyota Inyoka’s life and career.

In 2014 Anna Wagner and Eike Wittrock founded the Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum, a critical curatorial project on German modern dance heritage. Named after the ‘forgotten’ dancer Julius Hans Spiegel, the project interrogated the gaps and voids of dance historiography in view of their contemporary implications. Focusing on the exoticisms of modernity/modernism the project raised questions of cultural appropriation and the implicit whiteness of the genealogy of the contemporary.

With kind support of the cultural council of the City of Munich. This event is part of the Munich-based project ‘Living Archive’, which is initiated and funded by the cultural council.
In cooperation with the FWF research project Border-Dancing Across Time: The (Forgot- ten) Parisian Choreographer Nyota Inyoka, her Œuvre, and Questions of Choreographing Créolité (Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P 31958-G)

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch das Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München. Die Veranstaltung ist Teil des Münchner Projekts “Lebendiges Archiv”, das vom Kultur- referat initiiert und gefördert wird.

In Kooperation mit dem FWF-Forschungsprojekt Border-Dancing Across Time: The (For- gotten) Parisian Choreographer Nyota Inyoka, her Œuvre, and Questions of Choreograph- ing Créolité (Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P 31958-G)