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Long before Bollywood films, dance played an exceptionally important role in the religious and cultural traditions of India and its neighbors. Dance has inspired the visual arts in the categories of destruction and creation, devotion, subjugation, glorification, and celebration.
Through July 10, 2023, the Asian Art Museum presents Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art, inviting all to discover the power of dance in the visual arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas, where dancing plays a significant role in religion, mythology, and ceremony. Using objects from various geographic areas the exhibit shows dance as a ubiquitous art form impacting cultures in India and beyond. We are pleased to present a virtual docent talk on this exhibit. Our guide will be Asian Art Museum docent Steve Zilles.
Steve has long had an interest in Asian art and culture. He has travelled extensively to Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, Tibet, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Korea, and Japan. He is a Computer Scientist by profession. For 20 years he was involved in the development of standards for the World Wide Web, focusing on support for all the world’s languages. Steve has been an Asian Art Museum docent since 2014 and storyteller at the museum since 2009.