As I reached my fourth year of Graphic Design at OCAD University, it was time to start my thesis. We were given two semesters to work on a project of our choice that highlighted our skills. I wanted to create something that I was passionate about and would enjoy working on for two semesters. An interest in the Marvel and DC superhero universes led me to create a comic book for my thesis project.
Irudaya Dance Company is our teaching and performing company based in Toronto. We teach various techniques and the importance of Bharathanatyam, while encouraging our students to explore their creativity. Having explored other dance genres like Bollywood, Gaana and Tamil cinema as Inter-University competition choreographers throughout our postsecondary education, we are confident in our ability to teach these genres alongside Bharathanatyam.
The white guy in the high-vis vest yelled at me in an inane faux-Indian accent. I didn’t hear what he said so I stood awkwardly in the bottle shop, uncertain about how to act. I skirted around the margins of my fears. High-vis swaggered closer and yelled at me in the stupid accent again. The air was electric and his mate sniggered with approval. In 2017, racism is funny in Australia.