Sheetal Gandhi is a Los Angeles-based director/choreographer/performer. Her work has been described as “eloquent, inventive, virtuosic dance-theater” by the Philadelphia Inquirer utilizing “incisive commentary offset by brilliant touches of humor” (Narthaki). Inspired to explore the complexities of human existence, she creates characters of profound depth, integrity and humanity. Sheetal uses a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern and West African dance, as well as complex rhythmic structures, vocal percussion and singing, to craft a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary. Sheetal’s career has spanned genres and disciplines including her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, dancing throughout Ghana with the traditional West African dance company Novisi, and singing with the New York based, all-female a cappella group, Anamcara. In 1995, Sheetal’s love for rhythm and culture took her back to her roots in India for an extended time to study the North Indian classical dance form, Kathak. In exploring traditional forms of dance and music through decidedly postmodern compositional structures- all to comment on the social world in which we live- Sheetal’s work references the past, grounds itself in the present, but comments on the possibilities of the future. In both form and content, Sheetal’s work reflects her love for tradition (both cultural and disciplinary) with the equally urgent desire to break from it.
Sheetal is a recipient of a 2012-13 NDP Touring Award for her acclaimed solo dance- theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi and the work is currently touring nationally and internationally. Her passion for intercultural exchange continues to lead her to collaborate with artists and communities both locally and abroad, embracing opportunities to expand the limits of imagination, creativity and human compassion. Visit her at www.sheetalgandhi.com or stay in touch with her activities on Facebook!
See Sheetal perform at EVOKE: A New Works Festival Celebrating South Asian Voices, directed by Alison M. De La Cruz. Learn more.
Find her on Facebook.com/sheetalgandhi and follow her on Twitter at @LethalSheetalG.
Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 at 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Running Time: 90 minutes
General Admission: $10
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