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Hari Krishnan


Hari Krishnan has been described as a “twentieth-first century triple threat- an academic, a historian, and a dance artist” (The Dance Current) and “a Very Naughty Boy….(who) scoff(s) at tradition, turn(s) things upside down and shake(s) out all the cobwebs” (Toronto Star). He is a Bessie (New York City) and Dora (Toronto) Award nominee dance artist, scholar and teacher.

Krishnan is the artistic director of Toronto based company inDANCE and is also Associate 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. His new book entitled Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam (Wesleyan University Press) has just been released.

Krishnan is a regular recipient of national and international choreographic and scholarly grants. He was awarded the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographic Residency Award (USA), Eramus Mundus Award (Europe), New Pioneer Award for the Arts (Canada), Desi Canadian Achiever Award (Canada), amongst others. Krishnan is commissioned internationally for his radical and unorthodox choreography.

Photo by Miles Brokenshire.