Subashini Ganesan-Forbes

Choreographer & Founder/ED, New Expressive Works

Subashini is a curator, arts administrator, choreographer, Oregon Arts Commissioner, and former Creative Laureate of Portland (2018 – June 2021). As a Bharathanatyam artist, Ganesan has been learning, teaching, performing, and presenting this art form for over four decades. She founded Natya Leela Academy in 2008, where she teaches and explores universal expressions of Bharathatyam. Her contemporary works include deep collaborations with acclaimed artists and arts organizations including Mike Barber (Founder, Ten Tiny Dances), Michelle Fujii (UNIT SOUZOU), Sabina Haque, Amna Mawaz Khan (Pakistan/Germany), Anita Menon, DJ Anjali, Third Angle New Music, PICA, APANO, and Portland Center Stage. Subashini is currently a guest choreographer at the Middlebury Dance Company (Middlebury College, Vermont) and is also choreographing Thumbprint, a contemporary piece presented by the Portland Opera.

Subashini founded New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) in 2012. Through residencies, artist conversations, and performance seasons, this vibrant performing arts venue celebrates bold new works created by multicultural independent performing artists.

Subashini is Adjunct Professor at Pacific University, teaching arts advocacy, an active Community Advisory Committee member of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, and serves as a Board of Director for the Portland Parks Foundation and for the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.