Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islanders – H.T. Chen & Sheetal Gandhi

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who enrich America’s cultural landscape, we are highlighting H.T. Chen and Sheetal Gandhi, who were both a part of Pentacle’s Metro Intersections roster. In 2013, Pentacle created a series of videos with Metro Intersections roster artists through the initiative, Metro STEP (Supplying a Team Engagement Process).

H.T. Chen

In this interview, choreographer H.T. Chen tells the story of his artistic development and the creation of his work, “Sunshine Mountain” about the lost history of Chinese American’s in the pre-Civil Rights South. Chen is joined by Dian Dong, Education Director of H.T. Chen & Dancers who explains the research they have done to make this fascinating journey through time.

Producer: Anna Brady Nuse
Filmmaker: Victoria Sendra

Sheetal Gandhi

In this interview, Sheetal Gandhi tells the story of her artistic development and the creation of her acclaimed solo work, “Bahu-Beti-Biwi.” With dance, live singing and percussive text, this tour de force cleverly and humorously defies expectations.

Producer: Anna Brady Nuse
Filmmaker: Michael W. Barnard/Lightning Bolt PIX