Sheetal Gandhi

photo by Chris Emerick courtesy of the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts

photo by Chris Emerick courtesy of the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts

Sheetal Gandhi is an intercultural, multi-disciplinary director/choreographer, performer and educator. Her career has spanned genres and disciplines including work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, dancing throughout Ghana with the traditional West African dance company Novisi, and singing with the New York based, all-female a cappella group, Anamcara.

Sheetal’s interdisciplinary work layers movement, complex rhythmic structures, humor, theatricality and live singing to craft virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabularies that are sophisticated yet accessible, culturally specific yet ‘border-crossing’.

In 2009, Sheetal received an M.F.A. in Dance from UCLA. She is a recipient of a 2012-13 NDP Touring Award for her acclaimed solo dance-theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi, which has toured internationally to over 5 countries and to over 16 cities in the U.S. She is a recipient of a 2016 MAP Fund Award for her work In / Expiration. She was also awarded a 2011 COLA Individual Artist Grant, the LA Dance Advance Grant, a 2012 Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency, and was a participating member of the 2012 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) Program.

Her passion for intercultural exchange has been supported by the 2010 Asia Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX), a Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship in Amsterdam, and an invitation to attend the Tanzmesse International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dusseldorf, Germany. Sheetal’s commitment to artistic innovation, personal transformation and social change continues to lead her to work with various artists and non-artist communities – both locally and abroad – where she strives to build bridges across class, gender, age and cultural differences through the arts.

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