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Dance alumnus among Lincoln Center’s 2018 Emerging Artists

Wed 3 January 2018

Rising-star choreographer and dancer Preeti Vasudevan receives prestigious award in recognition of outstanding talent.

The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York has announced its 2018 Awards for Emerging Artists, which honour the outstanding artistry and promising future of eleven artists.

Nominated by the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, award-winning choreographer, dancer and educator Preeti Vasudevan joins other talented dancers, musicians, composers, and filmmakers in the line-up for this year’s awards. She will receive financial support to be used for career advancement and future study.

Vasudevan graduated from Trinity Laban with a masters in Dance Studies in 2002 before founding the performing arts and education collaborative Thresh in 2005. She has since been Artist-in-Residence at New York Live Arts (2015-17), Resident Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts, NYU (2016), and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Veiled Moon, 2015). Vasudevan is an exponent of classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) and creates contemporary works from this tradition.

On receiving the award, Vasudevan comments:

“I am very honoured and humbled as the first artist of Indian descent to be awarded by one of the leading institutions of the world. Lincoln Center is a center for artistic growth and the nurturing of future leaders in the arts. That they felt my work and mission worthwhile encourages me to dig deeper and help open more doors to a greater collaborative spirit between artists and the wider community.”

Speaking to, Lincoln Center President Debora L. Spar commented:

“The Emerging Artist Awards exemplify the shared mission of all eleven Lincoln Center residents toward furthering excellence in the performing arts. It is an honor to help foster the next generation of artistic leaders and a privilege to celebrate their exceptional talents as they embark on their careers.”

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Image: Vasudevan’s current work-in-development Etudes, with New York City Ballet’s Principal dancer Amar Ramasar (Credit: Pavlos Mavridis)