Dancer. Choreographer. Researcher.
Aparna Keshaviah is a performer, choreographer, and researcher who has developed a contemporary reformulation of classical Indian dance for modern audiences. She has performed around the U.S., Europe, and India, and is a co-founder of the Dance ARĪS artist residency in Western North Carolina.
As a daughter of south Indian immigrants, she grew up looking for ways to bridge the distance between the culture she was born into and the one in which she was raised. Her choreography preserves the classical lexicon of Bharatanatyam but stretches its grammar and syntax to reach non-native audiences.
Aparna is also a Senior Statistician at Mathematica - a career that has allowed dance to remain a sacred and purely artistic pursuit in her life.
Rubenstein Art Center
Video exhibition at Duke University
Black Mountain College + Arts Center
Performance for ReVIEWING 11.
National Museum for Women in the Arts 2011
Performance of original choreography, D.C.
American Academy in Rome
Performance at the Villa Aurelia, ITALY.
U.S. Fubright Foundation
U.S. Fulbright Grant in Dance, INDIA.