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inDANCE's principal dancer Vinod Para makes his debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with “Black Box 3”, specially created for the Inside/Out Performance Series. The solo challenges perceived notions of ethnic groups to remain in arbitrary boxes, limiting their ability to assimilate, integrate and truly express themselves. Also sharing the mixed-bill performance is Kathak dancer, Barkha Patel. The talk-back after the performance will be moderated by inDANCE's artistic director (and Associate Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University) Dr. Hari Krishnan who is also the Jacob's Pillow Scholar in Residence.

The deconstructed solo has all of the elements of Bharatanatyam technique and continues inDANCE’s mission to subvert outdated clichés and stereotypes, “Black Box 3”, situates Indian classical dance in non-conventional ways, rupturing the exoticism of the South Asian dancing body.

Also sharing the mixed-bill performance is Kathak dancer, Barkha Patel. The talk-back after the performance will be moderated by inDANCE's artistic director (and Associate Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University) Dr. Hari Krishnan who is also the Jacob's Pillow Scholar in Residence.

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Recent Events

Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th
Widener Auditorium
Penn Museum
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
5 - 7 pm

Friday, October 27th
Wisconsin Ballroom
1 W Dayton Street, Madison, WI
9 - 10 pm


This fall inDANCE was invited to present a series of exclusive dance performances, workshops and lectures at University of Pennsylvania and at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bharatanatyam: History, Performance, Memory explores the vernacular histories of courtesan dance in South India through both lecture and live performance. Hari Krishnan, Associate Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University, Artistic Director of the Toronto-based dance company inDANCE, and master performer of Bharatanatyam, will be joined by musicians Vaaraki Wijayaraj, Kajan Pararasasegaram and Bala Krishnaraj. They presented rare dance and music repertoire from the courtesan communities of central Tamilnadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

While these representations point to the complexities of localized social and aesthetic histories in this region, Krishnan interprets them within the critical framework of the postcolonial experience. Commentary was led by Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and historian of the performing arts of South India.


inCONVERSATION with inDANCERs

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Hari Krishnan (Dance)- The Spirit of South Asia documentary, Canada, 2010

Artistic director of inDANCE, Hari Krishnan shares some of his thoughts on spirituality, humanity and art making.

"The Spirit of South Asia" was aired on Digital specialty service One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel which broadcasted a series of interstitial segments celebrating the spiritual and cultural life of Canada's South Asian community.

Toronto-based Sixteen Films Limited produced the two-minute “Spirit of South Asia” for the network. Kudos and Bravo to the One network and Sixteen Films Limited for producing this thoughtful, meaningful and path-breaking documentary!