Dance Art

‘Past Bollywood’ Exhibit to Discover 2,000 Years of Dance in Artwork


With 120 artworks from 5 totally different nations, San Francisco’s Asian Artwork Museum highlights the transformative energy of dance in its new exhibition, “Past Bollywood,” opening March 31. 

Every little thing from the sensual dances of courtly performers earlier than a maharaja to the celebratory excesses of recent Bollywood seize the ecstasy and pleasure in bodily motion. 

‘Past Bollywood’ Exhibit to Discover 2,000 Years of Dance in Artwork
Balinese dance | Courtesy Asian Artwork Museum

The multimedia exhibition immerses viewers in a showcase of dance throughout time intervals and disciplines, together with portray, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and images. 

Given the infectious reputation of Bollywood movies, Director of the Asian Artwork Museum Jay Xu seeks to offer museumgoers the chance to know the complicated heritage of dance throughout South and Southeast Asia. 

This bronze paintings depicts the deity Hevajra dancing surrounded by dancing yoginis, and dates from circa 1050–1100 from the previous kingdom of Angkor in modern-day Northeastern Thailand. | Courtesy Asian Artwork Museum

“We needed our group to have the ability to recognize the deep historic, non secular—and even financial and political—roots of dance,” Xu stated. 

Dwell dance performances are scheduled for the museum’s new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion, along with pop-up performances on second Sundays and Thursdays within the exhibition galleries. Household Enjoyable Days on the primary Sunday of each month embrace dance-themed actions for all ages.

This watercolor portray from circa 1730, “Dancing Villagers,” is attributed to Pandit Seu. | Courtesy Asian Artwork Museum

Co-curated by Ainsley M. Cameron and Forrest McGill, the exhibition is split into 5 thematic sections, whose large scope factors to the deep significance of dance in Southeast Asia. 

“There are few main world cultures wherein gods dance and dance to convey issues of such divine seriousness,” McGill stated. 

Past Bollywood

 🗓️ March 31 by way of July 20, 2023
📍 Asian Artwork Museum, 200 Larkin St. 


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