Erasing boundaries through performance… 

Thresh is a performing arts collaborative founded in 2005 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 dance-theater 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.

Nominated for 7 major awards at the META (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards) Festival in New Delhi, Thresh’s latest production, Savitri – dancing in the forest of death is presented by the Eye on India Festival in Chicago in July 2103. Thresh was company-in-residence at CND (Centre National de la Danse, Paris) in 2010 (and 2007), creating its first full length production, The Absent Lover, which premiered in India (Feb 2008) to critical acclaim. The Absent Lover won 3 awards (Best Choreography, Best Lighting and Best Set Design) at the prestigious 2009 META in New Delhi, India and was performed at the 2010 International Dance Festival, Birmingham, UK.

Initiatives in Arts Education
 
Thresh creates ground-breaking educational initiatives alongside the company’s theatrical work to promote an understanding of contemporary and classical India and the development of new movement through the manipulation of traditional vocabulary. The goal is to encourage self-expression and individual storytelling through cross-cultural understanding among artists in the dance-theater world.

Naatya Unfolded – is a physical and creative explosion into the world of Indian theater or Drama. Investigated from the ancient treastise on Indian dramaturgy, Natya Shastra, Preeti leads this intensive workshop for students of theater and dance (and professionals) exploring technique and narrative relationship in composing new work.
 
Dancing for the Gods is Thresh’s recent innovative and ground-breaking use of interactive multimedia as a support to live classroom workshops. This multimedia project, is an educational website designed to inspire creative approaches to learning and teaching Bharatanatyam, one of India’s oldest classical Indian dance forms. The website can be viewed at www.dancingforthegods.org, and has been hailed by educators and dance professionals alike as ‘inspired’ and ‘invaluable’. The goal of this groundbreaking initiative is to provide materials that help educators at all levels to ‘open up’ their students to the process of dance-making.

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