Speak

A sensational kathak and tap collaboration created and choreographed by
Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia

“…an evening of rhythmic magic.”

– Los Angeles Dance Chronicle

“…a sunny break from our me-first fractured world.”

– Los Angeles Times

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About Speak

Indian kathak dance and American tap dance, continents and ages apart, share parallel stories of struggle and perseverance. They come together in this sensational collaboration that is rhythm, poetry, storytelling, music, and dance. SPEAK carries forward the legacy of iconic artists like Pandit Chitresh Das, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, and James Buster Brown, while bringing to the forefront the voices of powerful female artists. Serving as the bridge between tradition and innovation, history and progress, Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia create nothing short of magic on the stage. Joined by the world’s leading Indian classical and jazz musicians, SPEAK promises to thrill, provoke and move your spirit.

Musical Cast

Drums & Composer: Allison Miller
Piano: Carmen Staaf
Bass: Todd Sickafoose
Sitar & Composer: Jayanta Banerjee
Vocals: Debasish Sarkar
Tabla: Satyaprakash Mishra

Funders

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
New Music USA
California Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Zellerbach Family Foundation
Esper A. Petersen Foundation

Show Information

Run Time: 90 minutes
Cast: 4 dancers, 6 musicians
Concept:
Rina Mehta & Rachna Nivas
Choreography: Rachna Nivas, Rina Mehta, Dormeshia, Michelle Dorrance
Original Score: Jayanta Banerjee, Allison Miller, Carmen Staaf
Lighting Design: Dave Robertson
Sound Design: Brian Mohr &  Neil Skacel
Technical Rider: Click here to download

Booking Information:

Carrie McCune
Bookings Manager
bookings@leela.dance
323.201.7330

What Audiences Are Saying

“The East spoke to the West without using words. It made you feel nothing else matters as long as we can experience beauty like this. Humanity will triumph in-spite of all the adverse events happening around us.”

– Shreeraj Karulkar, SPEAK audience member

“These women welcome the collision of their individual genres, using their art as a container for the larger conversation about connection. The reach across the perceived divide engages, entertains and educates.”

– Amy Seiwert, Artistic Director of Amy Seiwert Imagery

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