Rasa: In Theory, Practice and Performance Symposium - March 31-April 1, 2012


Contributed by Paula Murray Cole

An introductory symposium examining how the theory, practice and performance of rasa, a Sanskrit word referring to the expression and reception of emotion in performance, is used in traditional and contemporary music, dance and theatre, in performer training and in other contexts. All events are free and open to the public, no registration needed.  

Please visit www.rasaboxes.org for a full schedule and more information.


Rasa: In Theory, Practice and Performance Symposium - March 31-April 1, 2012

Rasa In Theory: Lecture and Discussion

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.- Lectures on Rasa

Room 006, Dillingham Theatre Building, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Sanskrit, anthropology, music, dance and theatre scholars and practitioners will discuss rasa and how it is used in their research, practice or related areas of interest.


9:15 a.m. Coffee Gathering

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

5:00 p.m. End


Rasa in Practice: Performance Workshops

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Studio 1, Dillingham Theatre Building, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

The rasa workshops will introduce participants to training techniques or various ways of working with the aesthetics of rasa in music, theatre and dance.



Rasa in Performance: Theatre, Dance and Music Compositions

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

A presentation and discussion of traditional and contemporary dance, theatre and music compositions based on theories and practices sourcing on rasa.

Directors, performers and musicians include Freddy Villano, Jonathan Smythe, Lindsay Gilmour, Chris Seeds, Keir Neuringer, Durga Bor, Max Buckholtz, Nikolai Ruskin, Paula Murray Cole and students from Ithaca College.


These events are made possible by funding from the South Asia Program at Cornell University, Cornell Council for the Arts, The Rose Goldsen Fund, The Society for the Humanities and The Martin Fellows Hatch Fund; and grants from the Theatre Arts Department and The School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Paula Murray Cole, Theatre Arts, Ithaca College at pcole@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.