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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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Word, Image, and Movement

Word, Image, and Movement

Translating Pain

(p.69) Five Word, Image, and Movement
Wording the World

Ein Lall

Roma Chatterji

Fordham University Press

This chapter is a photo essay on a dance performance that was inspired by a chapter in Life and Words in which Veena Das describes her struggle with ‘writing pain’, with the language of social science and its ability to describe violence and the pain of the traumatic event. Her meditations on pain become the starting point for an improvisatory dance project conceptualized by Ein Lall in which words, gestures, paintings and video projections were made to interact with each other to produce a flow of affects sustained by the bodies of the dancers. The chapter describes the multiple mediations through which passages in Das’s text become transformed to make the viewer and now reader experience what it is to let the pain of the other happen to your body.

Keywords:   Dance performance, Life and Words, Flow of affects, Experience of other’s pain in your body, Traumatic event

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