Preeti Vasudevan

Preeti Vasudevan

 

Thresh is a performing arts collaborative founded in 2004 by Preeti Vasudevan, a leading exponent of the classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam). Working between India and the U.S., Thresh collaborates with a broad range of international artists and has presented works at major venues and arts festivals in India, the United States and Europe. Thresh creates productions that explore a contemporary movement language specifically derived from the gestures, rhythms and storytelling techniques of Indian classical dance-theater. The company’s mission is to encourage a provocative dialogue between classical Indian and Western contemporary forms of storytelling, creating an exciting counterpoint between the two cultural styles. Thresh’s work reflects the varied conversations of a globalised, modern society, while showing a deep – and sometimes playful – respect for the traditional movement forms of Preeti’s Indian heritage. Preeti Vasudevan Award-winning choreographer, educator and movement analyst, Preeti Vasudevan is an exponent of classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition. Original works performed by her company, Thresh, have earned international acclaim for their fresh juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary voices. A few recent highlights include: Spring 2016 Resident Fellow, Center for Ballet and the Arts, NY; Artist in Residence, New York Live Arts (2015-17) NY; 2015 DPA Atelier award, LIMS, NY; Commissioned new work, Veiled Moon, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015 (NY); Boxed, for Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute 2014 (NY); Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connect 2014-16 (NY); Presenter at the 2013 TEDxBarnard (Columbia University); Commissioned work, Drumming a Dream, by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (2009) NY; Advance theater training with director Anne Bogart and the SITI company (NY); 2003 International Choreographer’s Residency, American Dance Festival (ADF); Faculty (ADF 2004); Emerging choreographer series (Joyce Foundation, NY 2003); As an educator, Preeti’s ground-breaking educational website, Dancing for the Gods has been developed to build a cultural bridge through creative Indian dance and used in NYC Public Schools. Preeti holds a Master’s in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York.