Choreography by Sheetal Gandhi
As part of the Bridge:Choreographic Dialogues program, Sheetal was invited to the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, Israel to participate in a 2-week teaching and choreography workshop where she set new work on pre-professional Israeli dance students. Bridge is an Education Exchange Project of the Los Angeles/Tel Aviv Jewish Federation partnership. The work combines modern and contemporary dance techniques with the complex, precise rhythms of the North Indian classical dance form, Kathak. The students learned the structure of tal (rhythm) in North Indian classical music and dance as well as the technique around basic footwork, gesture and nazar (gaze/focus). Then they explored the possibilities within the drum and dance language, using live vocal percussion and the English language in dynamic and often humorous ways.