ABOUT

Avant-Garde Musician, Technologist & Theorist, Manjunan Gnanaratnam works as an Interdisciplinary Artist within all contexts of Modern, Post Modern, Contemporary Concert Dance and Performance Art. His work is rooted in the avant-garde explorations, developments and practice associated with the Multidisciplinary thinkings developed in Dance in the past hundred years.

His current practice includes explorations in "The Kinesthetic Body: Physical Computing Methodologies and Multidisciplinary identities in Dance", which are based on his initial work at the Computer Music Labs at the Department of Dance, State University of New York at Brockport in the early 90's while a Faculty Musician there, and "Redefining the Moved Space: A Comprehensive Analysis of Dance and Music" at The Barker Center for Dance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2003/4 while a Composer/Staff Musician there, leading to outcomes on The Optimum Creative Dialog Phenomenon in Dance and Music during live interactions; Explorations on the Contemporary Dance Instrument- A symbiosis of Organic Processing Units & Electronic Processing Units; The development of The Open Source Dance Methodology; The development of the APTAR process; The Inner Workings of Dance and Music- Beyond the Situational Construct of Collaborations etc etc.

He has been published in Movement Research's Critical Correspondence and presented papers on his research for forthcoming book, "Modern Dance [Western Movement Vocabulary]: The catalyst for deviation and extension in Post Structural Sound, Choreoperiodicity, Optimum Creative Dialog and the Dunnist Period in Music" at the 20th anniversary conference of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. He has alo been invited to be on numerous panels on Dance and Music, which include "100 years of Sound and Choreography: The Evolution and Praxis of a Collaborative Art Form" for the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art, "Music and Dance" for the National Association of Schools of Dance [NASD] and many others.

Only inspired by Complex Human Movement Structures, he is a product of the extensive Multidisciplinary developments in Modern and Post Modern Dance and is now considered one of the foremost thinkers on the relationship between Western Music and Modern/Post Modern/Contemporary Concert Dance, and a pioneering South Asian Artist for this work, now spanning thirty + years.

Conceived, born and raised in Sri Lanka by Tamil parents, he arrived in New York in 1983 as a University student and, having inadvertently participated in the global migratory pattern known as the "Third World Brain Drain", he has now lived, worked and paid taxes(√) in the United States since then. His Erdos number is 7639517.

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