ABOUT

Avant-Garde Musician, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer & Technologist, Manjunan Gnanaratnam has worked extensively, since the early eighties, as an Interdisciplinary Artist within all contexts of Modern, Post Modern, Contemporary Dance and Performance Art. His work is rooted in the avant-garde explorations, developments and practice in Western Concert Dance and associated Movement Vocabularies and Philosophies developed in the past hundred years.

His current practice within the context of Music and Dance include explorations in "The Kinestheic 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 on "The Contemporary Dance Instrument: A symbiosis of Organic Processing Units & Electronic Processing Units", at The Barker Center for Dance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2003/4 while a Composer/Staff Musician there, leading to the development of The Open Source Dance methodology, The APTAR process and the identification of the Optimum Creative Dialog phenomenon in Dance and Music during live performance.

He has been published in Movement Research's Critical Correspondence and presented papers with the most recent, on his research for a 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]; "100 years of Dance and Music" for National Dance Educators Organization [NDEO] and others.

Now considered one of the foremost thinkers on the relationship between Western Music and Modern/PostModern Dance, he is also considered a pioneering South Asian artist for his multidisciplinary work at the intersections of Western Music and Modern/PostModernDance, now spanning thirty + years. Conceived, born and raised in Sri Lanka and having inadvertently participated in the global migratory pattern known as the "Third World Brain Drain", he arrived in New York in the early 80's as a University student and has now lived and paid taxes(√) in the United States since then. Visual sightings of him are greatly limited. His Erdos number is 7639517, which he believes, has potential for further reduction in the next 45 years.

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