Free online talk on art, travel and scholarship

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster consultant and instructor Sunita Mukhi.

Writer, thespian, film artist, arts advocate, educator and scholar Sunita Mukhi will share her creative journey and impart expert advice as an artist, wanderer and an academic in an online lecture entitled Tall Tales of a Travelling Scholartist.

Hosted by Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster (BACC) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, the webinar will immerse the participants into the joys and challenges of art, travel and scholarship experienced in the Asian Pacific Dance Conference and Festival conducted by the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii and in the Storytelling and the Body: Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference held in Hotel San Marco, Verona, Italy.

Mukhi gives participants a glimpse of her Hawaii talk on how performance art tells stories of inclusion and intimacy. Her traditional and practiced-based research has become part of a cross-cultural exchange and celebration of the rich heritage of dance.

Her presentation will introduce three of Benilde Manila’s theatrical innovations: Quartered, which explored the travails, torpor and triumphs of a dancer without the encumbrance of the fourth wall; Canvass, which exemplified how a performer’s body offered to the Universal Spirit exhibits the longings and desires for a better life; and Ding, Ang Bato! (Ding, [Give] Me the Stone!), a musical that incorporated Filipino Sign Language (FSL) into the choreography that allowed its deaf audience to appreciate the play.

She will also expound on her Verona venture, wherein she joined fellow artists in a creative exploration of the power of diverse narratives through her live and improvised demonstration entitled My Eyes Adore You: You Are Beautiful To Me.

Her showcase, which sought to redefine and reclaim the essence of beauty, has been featured worldwide, such as in the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective’s suite entitled Beauty at the Dumbo Arts in New York. It had a local iteration at Benilde’s Reinterpretations exhibition at the Alto Mondo Gallery at The Picasso in Manila.

Mukhi earned her degrees in Sociology, Anthropology and Literature at the De La Salle University, her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco State University and her Doctorate in Performance Studies at the New York University.

As the consultant, instructor and former Associate Dean of BACC, as well as the Artistic Director of DeviDiva Productions, she presented her passion in the arts as cultural producer, director, choreographer, and performance artist in the United States, Singapore and Manila.

Tall Tales of a Traveling Scholartist is free and open to the public. It will be conducted via Zoom on Thursday, 11 February at 3 p.m. Interested participants may register through this link:

For inquiries, visit the official Facebook page of Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster through this link:

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