Faculty and Staff

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

Associate Professor

B.A. Psychology, Antioch University
M.A.L.S. Literature and Movement, Wesleyan University
M.F.A. Dance, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University

Office: UW2-330
Phone: 425-352-3491
Email: kkochhar@uwb.edu
Mailing: 358511, 11136 NE 180th Street, Bothell, WA 98011-1713


Learning is a dynamic process that emerges through attention to group process, the kinesthetic dimension, the development of critical and creative thinking, and the critique of culture. The classroom therefore often acts as an artistic space that generates new social forms, ideas, and more equitable patterns of relationships.

Recent Courses

BIS 319 Interdisciplinary Arts
BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights
BIS 393 Principles of Art and Design: Architectural and Environmental Neighborhoods
BIS 450 Performance and Healing
BISIA 213 Intermediate Dance Technique
BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: Devising Stories across Stages / Global Dance
BISIA 483 Advanced Modern Dance and Composition
BCULST 582 Approaches to Performance Based Research
BCULST 502 Cultural Studies as Collaboration

Scholarship/Arts Practices/Campus-Community Initiatives

My critical and artistic work spans a range of topics, including art as a site of research, transnational performance forms, disability issues, the environment (especially water issues), and ways to increase access to theater. As founding Director of the UWB student group, the Empty Suitcase Theater Company, I am working on the 100 Hands Project. Under the aegis of Folded Paper Dance, my professional company, three productions of the Waterworks Cycle (2011-2016)—a multimedia collaborative performance project on water, urban experience, and sustainability—are underway in Seattle, Hong Kong, Cochin, and Delhi.

Selected Publications

Books (In progress)

Transnational Avant-Garde Asian Performance Histories (with Iris Tuan) (Under Review)

Performing Blackness: Afro-Asian Theaters and Cultural Alliance

Dramatizing Water: Performance, Science and the Transnational

Ensembles of Innovation: Science, Art, Design, and the Practice of Creativity.

Published Books
The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game. Lead editor (with Davis Schneiderman and Tom Denlinger), Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, December 2009.

Hearing Difference: The Third Ear in Experimental, Deaf and Multicultural Theater. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2006.

Selected Articles
Kochhar-Lindgren, Kanta. “Response Essay; A Third Ear in the Intimate Senses,” Special Issue on Intimate Senses. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. ed. Holly Dugan and Lara Farina, Vol. 3, Issue 3. Palgrave. September 2012.

Burgett, Bruce, Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Ron Krabill, and Elizabeth Thomas; Oct 6, 2011 (online); “The Affirmative Character of Cultural Studies;” in The International Journal for Cultural Studies; print forthcoming July 2013.

“Howling: The Exquisite Corpse, Butoh, and the Disarticulation of Trauma” in The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game, Eds. Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Davis Schneiderman, Tom Denlinger. Omaha: University of Nebraska Press, Fall 2009.

“Uneasy Alliances: Art as Observation, Site, and Social Innovation” Working Papers in Art and Design. University of Hertfordshire (December 2008).

Selected Talks
“The Ethics of Listening: In and Across Theatres of Diversity,” Unity Week, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA. April 26, 2013.

“Global Health and Arts Roundtable,” Global Health and Arts Symposium, UW Seattle, April 20, 2013

“The Ethics of Listening in Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Arts,” SoundPocket, Hong Kong, March 28, 2013

“Towards a Theory of the Translocal: Art. Performance, Media,” National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, November 27, 2012,

“Haptic Play: Materials, Bodies, and Architectures in Dance and Design,” Research Creativity Conference, HKBU, Hong Kong, November 2012.

“Dance and Architecture: Oskar Schlemmer Today” at "Artistic Research Lab Berlin" Open Studio with Joa Hug (Berlin), Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany, June 25, 2012.

“Dramatizing Water: Performance, Anthropology, and the Transnational,” National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, November 22, 2011.

“The Dancing Body: Global Circulations in Musical Theatre,” National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, November 24, 2011.

“Dramatizing Water: Performance, Anthropology, and the Transnational,” University of Central Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur, India, Nov. 10, 2011.

Physical Theatre Workshop: Water, University of Central Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur, India, Nov. 10, 2011.

“Why Cultural Studies?” Uktal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, India, October 25, 2011.

“Theatre, Transnationalism, and Cultural Diplomacy,” Plenary on Culture, Bandung 55 at 55, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Oct 26, 2010.

“Dancing the Sense Body,” “In Spirit: A Full Body Journey,” SNDO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 31, 2009.

“Art as Research: Observation, Site, and Social Innovation,” R2P (Research to Practice), Royal Society of the Arts, London England, October 31, 2008.

“The Eco-Arts in the Sustainability Conversation,” Creating Values for Sustainable Development, International Sustainability Conference, Basel, Switzerland, 21-22 August 2008.

Other Selected Accomplishments
“Future Windows: Home/Land,” Dance/Installation, Collaborators (Steve Hui and
domting, Hong Kong), Haptic Interface Exhibit, Koo Ming Kwon Exhibition Gallery, HKBU, Hong Kong, Nov, 21-Dec. 16, 2012

“We Carry the Water: Seattle” Art on the Fly: Seattle International Dance Festival, June 2012

“We Carry the Water: Dance Film,” Inter/National Series: Seattle International Dance Festival, June 2012.

RIACE: International Arts Residency, Raghurajpur. India, September 23- October 28, 2011.

“Techniques for the Possible: Still Points in E-14,” Turin, Italy, Artist Residency and Performance, Sept 2010.

Project Director: “Hong Kong Waterworks: Memory, Water, Architecture,” Hong Kong BYOB Biennale, West Kowloon Cultural Center), 12/09-2/10.

US State Department Cultural Envoy to Karachi, Pakistan; Collaboration with Faisal Malik of Thespianz Theatre, “Water Calligraphy,” outreach sessions to area schools, talks and meetings with NGOs, government officials, and media on the arts, cultural diplomacy and diversity: 9/26/09-10/8/09.

Teaching and Scholarship Exploration Project Award, “Towards Transdisciplinary Arts Practices,” UWB, 2009-2010, ($5000).