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.
Thresh experiments 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.

Thresh’s mission is to create experimental, one-of-a-kind productions that fosters a provocative dialogue with identity, and our relationship with heritage cultures and contemporary life.

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 Outreach
Cultural Diplomacy is key to Thresh’s mission through 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.

There are two current areas of focus in education:

– Innovation and Technology in classrooms making heritage cultural arts a fun way to explore and learn for younger audiences.

Dancing for the Gods
Ground-breaking Interactive Educational Website on Bharatanatyam (classical dance of Southern India), in partnership with the Department of Education, NYC. 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, 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.

– Documentation, preservation and worldwide access to endangered performing arts forms of India affected by political, social and climate shifts

Heritage Project
A unique partnership between Thresh, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Dakshinachitra Heritage Museum of Southern India creating and international outreach program for endangered heritage performing art forms of southern India.

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