Award-winning choreographer Preeti Vasudevan is an exponent of classical Bharatanatyam creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition. Preeti bridges cultures and continents as easily as other dancers might execute a plie. Preeti’s own manipulations of her classical vocabulary play a very significant part of storytelling in her productions taking audiences from cultural familiarity to unchartered territories. Original works performed by her company, Thresh, have earned international acclaim for their fresh juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary voices.

Preeti is the first artist of Indian descent to receive recognitions from top institutions in the US for her outstanding contribution to dance. Some highlights include: 2018 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists; 2018 Selected Artist, DanceMotion USA Follow-On Program with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); 2018 Jerome Robbins Dance Division’s Dance Research Fellowship, NY;2018-19 SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) Foundation’s 2018-2019 Observership Class; 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.

Preeti’s latest production, Stories by Hand, which received critical acclaim, was commissioned by New York Live Arts, NY as part of their two year residency Live Feed (2015-17)

Outside of her role as founder and Artistic Director of Thresh, Preeti is a Silkroad artist working with leading international artists as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s celebrated Silkroad Project promoting Cultural Diplomacy nationally and internationally.

Other career highlights include: Commissioned work Veiled Moon by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY 2015; Presenter for the 2013 TEDxBarnard (Columbia University); Judson Church (NY) 2013; 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); International Choreographer’s Residency (ADF 2003), American Dance Festival (ADF); Faculty (ADF 2004); Emerging choreographer series (Joyce Foundation, NY 2003); Ongoing performances at Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, NY

A leading practitioner and educator of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, Preeti has been the recipient of many awards for her classical performances and gained much acclaim for fostering a new approach to learning Indian dance-theater. She has sat on many international panels challenging the status quo in art making and creative education. Her groundbreaking educational website on Bharatanatyam, Dancing for the Gods is used internationally by teachers, practitioners and students to understand Indian cultural expression through dance. It is currently used by the public schools in New York City. Preeti has taught at many American Universities like Rice University (TX), Sarah Lawrence College (NY), Columbia College Chicago, Barnard College (NY) and Fordham University (NY) and has led Professional Development courses on Indian Dance for NY City’s public school teachers through the Department of Education.

Preeti holds a Master’s in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London and is also a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York merging practice with scholarship between the East and West. Preeti lives in New York City with her husband, Bruno Kavanagh and daughter Ambaalika.

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