Cultural Diplomacy through education outreach is key to Thresh’s mission. We create ground-breaking theatre-based educational initiatives to promote:
Cross–cultural understanding and exchange
Individual and collective identity
Development of new movement/storytelling vocabulary through collaboration
A school workshop on sustainability through the arts (Chennai, India 2019)
The focus of each of our educational projects is to begin locally and expand globally, in aligment with Thresh’s international collaborative approach. Preeti Vasudvan's specialization in Indian dance-theater enables her to promote an understanding of traditional vocabulary in dialogue with contemporary society and values.
Dancing for the Gods
Dancing for the Gods is a ground-breaking interactive educational website intended to introduce a new global audience to bharatanatyam, classical Indian dance. The prime focus of the project is children and young adults (age group 10 to 18).
Unique in the field of Indian classical art, the author’s pedagogical approach deploys contemporary methodologies of movement analysis and allows users—especially those with some familiarity with western forms—to access the dance and culture more easily.
Mapping Memories is a theater-based social impact workshop series addressing identity and fostering life skills through the lens of choreography, music, improvisation and reflective memory.
Using cross-disciplinary artistic practices, Mapping Memories investigates the personal journeys we take and the collective impact we have on each other as a society.
Mapping Memories is designed for an intimate group (10-20 individuals) and allows participants to develop leadership skills by working collaboratively and expressing their vulnerabilities within a safe, creative space.
Custom workshops are available as half-day (3 hour), full-day (6 hour) and retreat (2-3 days).
Other Cultural Outreach Projects
Thresh is also involved in numerous other educational and social impact projects globally.
Silkroad, founded by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a collective of global artists working together to create stories that represent cultural diversity showing the importance of multiple approaches to human narrative. Preeti Vasudevan leads the Indian and contemporary dance-theater area working with the ensemble and education team to structure and implement storytelling methods through movement and voice. Over nine years, Preeti has been involved in various projects from Junior High School residencies in NYC, Lame Deer Cheyenne Reservation in Montana and with underserved youth communities in Beirut, Lebanon. Preeti was the lead teaching artist for a pilot program for the Boston Conservatory exploring creative risk.
NEW YORK DEP'T OF EDUCATION
Preeti Vasudevan has been working with the Department of Education in New York City since 2007 in various capacities. Dancing for the Gods, Thresh’s interactive education website partners with the DoE’s Blueprint for Dance designing unique lesson plans for public school teachers. Preeti has led movement-based professional development sessions for public school teachers introducing the history and practice of Indian dance and will lead artistic process sharing in 2020 through some of her repertory works.