PERFORMANCES

Calendar of Performances and Events

AAPI Heritage Month

Leela Dance Collective + UCLA

POSTPONED
May 2nd  – Pop-Up Performances | Janss Terrace | 12pm & 2pm

POSTPONED
May 2nd
– Joy Fest (UCLA First Thursdays) | Broxton Ave | 7pm

May 13th & 20th – Kathak Workshops | John Wooden Center | 6pm 

Leela is thrilled to be partnering with UCLA’s Center for India & South Asia and their South Asian classical dance team, UCLA Taara, to present free kathak dance performances and workshops on campus.

AAPI Heritage Month

Leela Meets The West Side

May 4th – Culver City Town Plaza | 12pm, 2pm & 5pm

May 5th – Venice Beach Boardwalk | 10am & 11am

May 5th – Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade | 3pm & 4pm

Free outdoor pop-up performances in Culver City, Venice, and Santa Monica.

AAPI Heritage Month

Let’s Talk Kathak: A Conversation Series hosted by Rukhmani Mehta

Date: Every Tuesday & Friday during the month of May | 12pm PT

Location: Live-streaming on Youtube, Instagram & Facebook

Featuring Smita Alves, Prachi Dixit, Sonal Kumar Turakhia, Bhairavi Kumar, Rachana Upadhyay, Shweta Saraswat, and Anvita Sharma 

AAPI Heritage Month

Kathak Masterclass in Los Angeles

Date: May 18th | 5-7pm

Location: Electric Lodge in Venice, CA

Explore the technique, rhythm, and musicality of kathak dance. The class is ideal for dancers and dance enthusiasts with some previous experience. Dancers from all forms and backgrounds are welcome.

AAPI Heritage Month

Youth Company Performances 

May 4th – Ekal Vidyalaya Gala Performance

Portola High School | Irvine, CA | 6:30pm

Tickets

May 11th – Spring Showcase 

Agoura Hills Performing Arts & Education Center | 4:30 & 7:30pm

In-Person & Live-Stream Tickets 

Traditional Kathak Solo by Rukhmani Mehta in Los Angeles

Date: July 27th-28th, 2024 

Location: Soka University, Aliso Viejo, CA

Traditional kathak solo by Leela Dance Collective Co-Artistic Director Rukhmani Mehta, presented by the Festival of Tabla.

More information coming soon!

World Premiere of Encounters With Beauty – Spring 2025

Date: April 19th, 2025

Location: TBA

Indian classical dance meets Western contemporary chamber music in this new collaborative work featuring the evocative sounds of a string quartet, Hindustani classical vocals, and mystical poetry with the percussive footwork and dramatic movement of kathak dance.

More information coming soon!

Previous Performances

2024

Tempe, AZ Imagine India, educational programming at ASU Gammage, April 2nd, 2024
New York, NY Encounters With Beauty, Pentacle ASP showcase for APAP Conference at Ailey Citigroup Theater, January 13th, 2024

2023

Santa Monica, CA Encounters With Beauty, preview performance at The Edye at BroadStage, November 10th, 2023
Seattle, WA Excerpts of Encounters With Beauty, Hyphen+Asian Showcase at Western Arts Alliance, September 5th, 2023
Venice, CA Excerpts of Encounters With Beauty, open rehearsal at Electric Lodge, August 6th, 2023
Los Angeles, CA Excerpts of Encounters With Beauty, work-in-progress performance at Doheny Mansion, April 8th, 2023 
Vienna, VA Traditional kathak solo performance by Rachna Nivas at The Barns at Wolf Trap, February 25th, 2023

2022

Venice, CA Traditional kathak solo performance by Rukhmani Mehta at Electric Lodge, November 6th, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
Traditional kathak solo performance by Rukhmani Mehta at Studio A Dance, November 5th, 2022
Denver, CO
Artist residency for Encounters With Beauty at Newman Center for the Performing Arts, June 22-26th, 2022
Raleigh, NC SPEAK performance and educational residency at NC State LIVE, April 14th, 2022
Edmonton, Canada Traditional kathak solo performance by Seibi Lee at MacEwan University, April 8th, 2022
Los Angeles, CA Traditional kathak solo performance by Seibi Lee at UCLA Little Theater, April 3rd, 2022
San Francisco, CA Traditional kathak solo performance by Seibi Lee at the War Memorial Performing Arts Center, March 31st, 2022

2021

New York, NY Traditional kathak solo performance by Rachna Nivas at Dixon Place, October 21st & 23rd, 2021
Los Angeles, CA Resound: Kathak in the Streets at outdoor venues including Grand Park, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, Culver City Town Plaza, Pasadena’s Memorial Park, and Oak Park Amphitheater, September 23-26th, 2021
San Francisco, CA Resound: Kathak in the Streets premiere at outdoor venues including Union Square, Japantown Peace Plaza, UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza, and Lake Merritt, September 17-19th, 2021

2020

Page, MN SPEAK virtual performance and residency at Page Theater, May 1st, 2020
Waimea, HI SPEAK performance at Kahilu Theater Foundation, February 16th, 2020
Hilo, HI SPEAK performance and educational residency at University of Hawaii at Hilo, February 14th, 2020
Maui, HI SPEAK performance and educational residency at Maui Arts and Cultural Center, February 12th, 2020

2019

Tempe, AZ California Gharana at ASU Gammage, October 15th, 2019
Los Angeles, CA Son of the Wind at Ford Theaters, September 14th, 2019
Philadelphia, PA Son of the Wind at Kimmel Cultural Center, September 7th, 2019
Los Angeles, CA California Gharana at Ford Theaters, August 10th, 2019
Denver, CO Continuum at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, May 3rd, 2019
San Francisco, CA Continuum premiere at Z-Space, April 20-21st, 2019
Gurgaon, India SPEAK at Epicentre, February 24th, 2019
Kolkata, India SPEAK at GD Birla Sabhagar, February 21st, 2019
Mumbai, India SPEAK at Royal Opera House, February 20th, 2019
Mumbai, India Son of the Wind at Royal Opera House, January 19th, 2019

2018

San Francisco, CA Son of the Wind at ODC Theater, April 20th, 2018
Santa Monica, CA SPEAK at BroadStage, March 22nd, 2018
New York, NY APAP Showcase performance at Ailey Citigroup Theater, January 13th, 2018

2017

Irvine, CA California Gharana at Irvine Barclay Theatre, September 9th, 2017
Los Angeles, CA California Gharana at Aratani World Series, April 17th, 2017
Sonoma, CA Son of the Wind world premiere at Green Music Center, April 8th, 2017
San Francisco, CA SPEAK world premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, March 24th, 2017

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