Now based in the US, Prashant has been known to collaborate with Flamenco and Tap dancers and explore other world dance forms with his company, Sole2Soul Dance Creations.
“I would not be amiss…to describe Prashant Shah as the Fred Astaire of Kathak.” -Anna Kisselgoff, former chief dance critic, The New York Times
Prashant Shah’s 90 minute solo program is a virtuosic display of Kathak dance with lightning quick footwork and dazzling spins. In the second half of the program, Shah performs original work that is clearly grounded in the Kathak technique but allows for contemporary expressions and new movement exploration. When performed with live music, the dynamic interplay of rhythm and movement creates a feast for the eyes and ears.
Prashant Shah is one of the few acclaimed male Kathak dancers performing and choreographing in the world today. Shah is a senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, who’s teaching system involves rigorous technical training while also encouraging the use of dance as a mode of self-expression to scratch beyond the surface of technique. As a choreographer, his highly developed awareness of space and rhythm, along with his own traditional and contemporary ideas, drives him to work with various dancers of other classical dance styles. Pieces he has toured to critical acclaim in India and around the world include: Independence, with Nina Rajarani (Bharata Natyam dancer based in UK); Kathak Pravas, with Kelly Verma (Kathak dancer based in Holland); and Anokha and Les Corps etrangers, a joint production of hip hop, Bharata Natyam and Kathak with Kader Attou (hip hop dancer/choreographer based in France). Prashant was also invited to choreograph and perform in Sweden in 2006 for a joint production of Kathak-Flamenco, specially commissioned by Swedish Arts Council.
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