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One of Canada's most progressive dance companies, inDANCE presents two traditional programs that integrate decades of original courtesan dance research, complex choreography, live music and stunning visual and lighting design.

The show begins with The Book of Sandalwood, which draws on South Asian poetry, followed by Purnima/FullMoon, which transports South Indian court dance into a spectacular world of dynamic music, film and light. Both performances showcase original repertoire and music rarely experienced on contemporary world stages.

Pre-Performance Talk
Saturday, May 12th, Jackson Hall at 7 pm
Sunday, May 13th, Jackson Hall at 1 pm
Speaker: Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania


Event Details

Jackson Stage

Saturday May 12, 2018 - 8:00pm

Sunday May 13, 2018 - 8:00pm




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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inDance Ensemble



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Press

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!