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).
Sheetal’s interdisciplinary work is the synthesis of a diverse performance back ground and a passion for self-expression, as well as a sincere desire to tell the Story however it needs to be told. Inspired to explore the complexities of human existence she creates characters of profound depth, integrity and humanity.
Sheetal's career has spanned genres and disciplines including her work as a creator and performer touring 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, Gandhi’s love for rhythm and culture took her back to her roots 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 - her practice references the past, grounds itself in the present, and comments on the possibilities of the future.
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. She is a participating member of the 2012 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) Program, is honored to have received a 2011 COLA Grant for the creation of a new multi-media dance- theater work entitled Human Nature, and is a 2010 Asia Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX) fellow. She has appeared twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, can be heard singing on the original American Cast Recording of Children of Eden and dancing in the DVD/VHS released and Emmy award-winning movie, Dralion. Her passion for intercultural exchange has recently been supported by a Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship in Amsterdam and an invitation to attend the Tanzmesse International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Sheetal's commitment to personal transformation and social change continues to lead her to work with various communities, both locally and abroad, where she strives to build bridges across class, gender, age and cultural differences through the arts.