Sheetal Gandhi’s strong point of view as an American woman of South Asian descent invests in her work a uniqueness that is often missing in contemporary dance/theater. In both form and content, the work reflects her love for tradition (both cultural and disciplinary) with the equally urgent desire to break from it. Using a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern and West African dance, as well as complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and singing, she crafts a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary. Employing both biting humor and a deep dose of grit, Gandhi’s work is sophisticated yet accessible, culturally specific yet ‘border-crossing’.
“Sheetal Gandhi used Indian heel-stamps and turns, alongside western-style isolations and floorwork, to create an eloquent, inventive, virtuosic dance-theater piece that kept the opening-night audience transfixed.”
- Nancy G. Heller, The Philadelphia Inquirer