Sandra Chatterjee’s choreographic and scholarly work is situated at the intersection of theory and practice, centering on performance, dance and the body with a focus on gender, postcolonial and migration studies. She is a member of the Post Natyam Collective, an internet-based coalition of choreographers/scholars, working in live performance, video, and scholarship. Next to her work as an independent choreographer, she was co-organizer of Integrier-Bar Munich (2011-2013). Currently, she is part of the research team of the FWF-funded project Border Dancing across Time (P 31958) at University of Salzburg and co-initiator of CHAKKARs – Moving Interventions together with Sarah Bergh.
Sandra Chatterjee has been exploring the cultural dimensions of smells for about 2 years. The current project ‘the smell of racism’ is conceptualized as a participatory-performative installation, which deals with the connections between smell and racism, because racism has long had an olfactory dimension which is ignored too often. The project wants to create an experimental, sensual, social, aesthetic space of dialogue which invites the audience to discover the research materials and smells together with a group of artists, to share experiences, enter into improvised encounters and ultimately contribute to the project’s cumulatively expanding archive of smells, movements and experiences.