The Sonpur Cattle fair in rural Bihar Alive every evening when more than fifty girls take to the stage and dance for an all male audience. A barbed wire fence separates the performers from the spectators.
Originally par of the nautanki a popular folk theatre genre of north India the dance of the female performer today has become a replay of Bombay films and music videos that span rural and metropolitan landscape. It is a performance charged with sexual energy. The girls dance make eye contact beckon gesticulate and even abuse a highly responsive all male audience.
What meaning related to contemporary construction and practice of gender sexuality labor and popular culture can we read in the dance of the female performer?