Sheetal Gandhi Plus

Los Angeles

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I am a National Dance Performance (NDP) award winning choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. My work as a dance and theater artist mines the “personal terrain of the globalized soul”. I explore traditional dance and music through postmodern compositional structures, to comment on the social world in which we live. In my work, as in my life, I deal with serious issues with a large dose of humor! I am also incredibly inspired by rhythm and it plays a central role in my practice. I strive to make my work culturally specific yet “border-crossing”.

My career has spanned genres and disciplines including my 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.

My choreography has been shown at REDCAT, Harlem Stage, The Yard, Painted Bride Arts Center, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Bryn Mawr College, ODC, Florida Dance Festival, National Asian American Theater Festival, 24th Street Theater, Highways, and internationally in Israel, Mexico, India, Amsterdam and Norway. I've received commissions from the Annenberg Community Beach House, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Cornerstone Theater, South Coast Repertory, Cal State University Northridge and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Past choreographic support has come from the James Irvine Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures. I currently teach dance at Santa Monica College and offer private Pilates and movement coaching/consultation.

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