Archana Kumar is an independent experimental performance artist; driven by everything that she experiences around her. As a woman performer, her solo projects reflect issues related with the gender crisis, inequalities of genders and their biases. She lived in Seattle and Chicago, USA for 10 years, where she underwent extensive training in modern dance techniques, Butoh and improvisation.
She is also heavily trained in Kathak which she continues to teach and use as a vehicle to further understand the physical body, to develop control, discipline and balance. She received the SPANDANA Award in 2011, Karnataka, India for her exceptional contribution towards spreading the knowledge of Kathak amongst the youth. Her works have travelled around USA, Canada, Japan, China and Indonesia. Her current research and fascination is in understanding children and creating novel methods to deconstruct movements and accommodate dance, music and theatre in education at the grass roots level. She has been trained in Kathak and Bharatanatyam from Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography, in Indian Contemporary and Odissi from STEM Dance Theatre, Modern Dance Techniques and Contact Improvisation from Velocity Dance Theatre. Archana earned a bachelor’s degree in science specializing in General Studies and Biology.