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HUMAN SIGNS by Yuval Avital (7th edition ensemble)
 

Human Signs unites great protagonists of the contemporary dance and Ballet scene, vocal soloists from all around the globe, including carriers of ancient traditions, contemporary and experimental pioneers, religious representatives from every faith. All united in a participatory art project that from Milan connects the entire world to share - at the times of COVID-19 - the HUMAN SIGNS, presented online through a series of weekly audiovisual creations (every Tuesday at youtube.com/yuvalavital) - each one introduced by a different curator - interpreting the viral aesthetic as a multimedia choir of vulnerability, spirituality, inner strength, hopes and fears.


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Life on pause – a meditation

Being part of this artistic response to the Covid-19 pandemic, was a truly evocative, moving, revealing journey for me.

I had to sit, still, in my dark bedroom, retreat within myself, and distill the restless, helpless despair my physical self and soul embodied in this fractured, tumultuous time.

After two weeks of introspection, in the friendly company of the Cantus Firmus mantra and the sunrise as a healing balm, I let my mind, body and heart express my inner world through this ‘dance’.

Drawing from my rich Indian dance ethos, I carefully abstracted from the structure of mezzuvani-a seated salon solo dance style where the dancer performs with mudras (hand gestures) and abhinaya (facial expressions).

As I choreographed, using Covid-19 as the premise, current political events collided with my (already) altered realties, i.e. the police killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement protests in the U.S. In homage, I empathized with my marginalized friends, by referencing BLM’s symbol of resistance- the raised clenched fist- in the beginning of my solo to join in solidarity with them. 

Reflecting the context of isolation and depletion in my current life, I radically edited all the staples I take for granted as an Indian dancer- the complex footwork, layered multiple mudras, theatrical abhinaya, elaborate costumes, jewelry, make-up etc.

Hence my minimalist iteration.

As a metaphor for the quarantine, I “locked-down” my dancing legs by immobilizing them in the Padmasana (yogic lotus seated) position.

While my left hand ‘stops’ loneliness, angst, dissonance, sorrow, hurt and fear at the outer prakaram (perimeter),

my right hand’s index finger, quantifying a singular prayer, invites the healing sun into my darkened soul to bathe it in light and cleanse it with warmth.

My centered, gently undulating torso, and circling hands welcome the spirit of a Higher Power to take residence in and transform the ‘chaotic beauty’ within my soul garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) into Ananda (Bliss)...

Recent  Events
 

June 23, 2020
Hari Krishnan created a new meditative solo as part of the global, digital project, Human Signs, conceived by Israel/Italy based composer, Yuval Avital.

 

May 9, 2020
Hari Krishnan presented his research on dance and film as part of Vergessene Tänzer*Innen// Vergessene Archive: Forgotten Dancers/Forgotten Archives
Zoom Mini-Symposium with European and American presenters

 

April 16, 2020
Stanford University invited Hari Krishnan to present inDANCE’s diverse choreographic works as part of a graduate seminar.
 “Ruptured Dances: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in my Choreographic Trajectory”
Zoom Lecture as part of "Dance and the Politics of Movement" graduate seminar, Stanford University, USA

March 31, 2020
Hari Krishnan and the wide ranging repertory of inDANCE was featured in Dance Collection Dance’s Pages In History.
https://www.dcd.ca/pih/hari.html

2019
 

Dec 3, 2019
Hari Krishnan’s book, Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam, (CT: Wesleyan University Press) was launched and this was followed by a book signing. A Canadian launch is planned for 21/22.
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, Connecticut, USA

Oct 18, 2019
Conference presentation: Celluloid Classicism: Intertwined Histories of South Indian Cinema and Bharatanatyam
South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

 

Oct 12, 2019
Hari Krishnan discusses the socio-political implications of courtesan dance today with dance artist Yashoda Thakore at Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA

Sept 19, 2019
Drag Queens and Radical Faeries and Judys, Oh My!
Hari Krishnan was invited to be present inDANCE's queer choreography as part of panel discussion on gender performance and queer histories in sound and dance as a tribute to drag artist/activist Taylor Mac.
Albritton Center, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA

  
June 9-10, 2019- Vancouver

Co.ERASGA invites Hari Krishnan to guest teach the Vancouver community as part of its 11th edition of EXchanges Series: 20

June 6-7, 2019
The Dance Centre presented by Co.ERASGA, Vancouver
Vancouver premiere of "Undivided Colors".

June 3, 2019
Ottawa Dance Directives in Partnership with Autumn Melody Collective

Ottawa premiere of "Undivided Colors".

May 29-  June 1, 2019
Dancemakers Centre for Creation Toronto
inDANCE in collaboration with Vancouver's Co.ERASGA presents the Toronto premiere of Undivided Colours

May 24-25, 2019
MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels) in partnership with Festival Access Asia
Respected Canadian-Asian dance artists Peter Chin, Hari Krishnan, William Lau and Alvin Tolentino present the world premiere of "Undivided Colours"- a mixed bill of four striking solos inspired by the artists lived life experiences from Canada, China, Cambodia, India, Singapore and the Philippines.

May 11-12,2019- La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, The Ellen Stewart Theatre, New York City
inDANCE presents the New York premiere of SKIN a mixed bill of dance transgressing the boundaries of culture, race, gender and sexuality.

 

May 4, 2019- Yale University, Connecticut

inDANCE presents the world premiere of “Come to me…”, a full-length Bharatanatyam solo work by Hari Krishnan inspired by courtesan dancetraditions from South India. with four musicians as part of the Bhakti Conference at Yale University.

April 12, 2019- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania invites inDANCE to be a part of "South Indian Dance in Critical Context" a scholarly performance conclave where Hari Krishnan presents a section from inDANCE’s upcoming work “Come to me”, a courtesan inspired Bharatanatyam solo with four musicians.
 

April 26-27, 2019- CFA Theater, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
inDANCE presents the New England premiere of SKIN a mixed bill of dance transgressing the boundaries of culture, race, gender and sexuality.

March 15, 2019- Dancemakers Theatre, Toronto

inDANCE has been invited by Toronto's Myseum to present a lecture demonstration of their unique trajectory ranging from courtesan dance inspired Bharatanatyam work to experimental work on queer politics, gender identity and pop-culture. 

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About inDANCE
 

inDANCE is a progressive Canadian dance company whose works spans a large choreographic trajectory of courtesan style Bharatanatyam to global contemporary dance works to queer dance creations. It presents works that are a potent, distilled synthesis of artistic director Hari Krishnan’s Asian and western artistic personae.

Probing the burdens and legacies of “tradition,” inDANCE disrupts the familiar and evolves new meanings for the archaic, propelling the company on a trajectory that subverts normative political and social life-worlds.

The company pioneers work that is unconventional and transgressive, producing eccentric, sensual, and virtuosic dance that confronts dominant discourses on global culture. inDANCE’s work is continually presented at prestigious international festivals and venues.

Artistic Director: Hari Krishnan
Producer: Shana Hillman
Associate Director: Davesh Soneji
Artistic Associate: Srividya Natarajan
Resident Designer: Rex Rajavairan Rajendran
Marketing and PR: Sue Edworthy


For further information about inDANCE please contact indance@gmail.com  


 



 

Artistic Director: Hari Krishnan
 

Hari Krishnan is a Bessie (New York City) and Dora (Toronto) Award nominee dance artist, scholar and teacher. He is Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Dance at Wesleyan University and artistic director of Toronto-based company inDANCE.

He holds a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Krishnan's research areas include queer identities in dance performance, contemporary dance from global perspectives, colonialism, post-colonialism and Indian dance, Bharatanatyam in Tamil cinema and the history of courtesan dance traditions in South India.

He has just completed a monograph entitled Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam (forthcoming, Wesleyan University Press). He continues to be commissioned internationally for his bold and transgressive choreography.