Thursday, July 26, 2012

Duality and Joy with Sheetal Gandhi, new Choreographer in Residence

2012 Choreographer in Residence Sheetal Gandhi and her collaborator Meena Murugesan have been spotted already casing the site, wandering from sand to View Deck and points in between! Beach House guests can observe Gandhi (and perhaps participate...) as she creates a brand new dance piece throughout the grounds. The culminating dress rehearsal and performances take place at 6pm September 28 and 1pm September 29-30. Rehearsal schedule and updates will be posted to this blog. She'll also be conducting two lecture/demo/workshops on July 29 (at capacity) and August 21, so if you want more info and you aren't already on the Beach House email list, join now!

About Sheetal Gandhi:

Sheetal Gandhi is Choreographer in Residence July 23 – September 30, and is creating a new site-specific dance piece on the Beach House grounds, presented in free outdoor performances September 29-30 at 1pm. She is blogging about her residency experience at Reservations for the performances will be available in August at

Sheetal Gandhi is an inter-cultural, multi-disciplinary choreographer and performer based in Los Angeles. Her interdisciplinary work layers movement, complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and live singing - referred to as "eloquent, inventive…virtuosic" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. By exploring traditional forms of dance and music through decidedly postmodern compositional structures that comment on global and multi-layered contemporary society, Gandhi’s work references the past, grounds itself in the present, and evokes the possibilities of the future. Her career has spanned genres and disciplines including work as creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion and playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams. Gandhi is a recipient of a 2012-13 NDP Touring Award for her acclaimed solo dance-theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi and her work has been presented at The Painted Bride (Philadelphia),  Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Kahilu Theatre (Hawaii), Black Magic Woman Festival (Amsterdam), The Lab Theater (Minneapolis, MN), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Erasing Borders Festival (NYC), National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC), among others. She received a 2011 COLA Grant for the creation of a new multi-media dance-theater work entitled Human Nature, and is a participating member of the 2012 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) program. Gandhi’s passion for intercultural exchange has recently been supported by a Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship in Amsterdam and an invitation to attend the Tanzmesse International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dusseldorf, Germany.  She continues to engage in collaborations with artists and communities both locally and abroad, embracing opportunities to expand the limits of imagination, creativity and human compassion.

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