With biting humor and a deep dose of grit, Sheetal Gandhi's solo work is sophisticated yet accessible, culturally specific yet 'border-crossing.' In both form and content, the work reflects her love for tradition (both cultural and disciplinary) with the equally urgent desire to break from it. Using a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern and West African dance, as well as complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and singing, she crafts a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary.
In this interview, Gandhi tells the story of her artistic development and the creation of her acclaimed solo work, "Bahu-Beti-Biwi." With dance, live singing and percussive text, this tour de force cleverly and humorously defies expectations. "So adept is Gandhi at capturing the distinctive physical characteristics of each embodiment, she seems to literally morph from one to the next, as if there were a cast of dozens of her Indian relatives populating the stage." (Herald-Tribune)
Learn more at:pentacle.org/metro_sheetal.php
Presented by Pentacle's Metro STEP*
Producer: Anna Brady Nuse
Filmmaker: Michael W. Barnard/Lightning Bolt PIX
Pentacle's Metro Intersections is a group of vibrant dance troupes who blend diverse cultural experiences with contemporary movement. From Bollywood to Hip-Hop, West African dance to Flamenco these troupes educate and inspire audiences and beyond about world cultures while celebrating what it means to be human.
*Pentacle's Metro STEP video series is made possible by Engaging Dance Audiences. Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.