Hari Krishnan


Hari Krishnan has been described by the New York Times as “a communicator who seizes the audience with his glances, complex meters, fully three-dimensional phrases — even with an isolated finger” and by the Toronto Star as a “maverick gadfly who is aggressively iconoclastic.”

He is the artistic director of Toronto-based company inDANCE and is also Chair and Professor of Dance in the Department of Dance at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He holds a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, and his 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.

Recent awards/nominations include the Eldred Family Choreography Nomination (2021), a Mellon Foundation Grant (2021- co-recipient as part of SAEDA- South Asian Experimental Dance Artists), a special citation from the 2020 de la Torre Bueno© First Book Award Committee of the Dance Studies Association (for his 2019 monograph,Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam), Erasmus Mundus Residency Award (Europe, 2015); Bessie Nomination (2013) for Outstanding Performance- New York Dance and Performance Award and the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographic Residency Award – The Yard (2013).