15 minute dance-theater work - Presented at UCLA Glorya Kaufman Theatre, Los Angeles
Stuck engages dynamic movement, precise text, complex vocal rhythms, ironic humor, and live singing to address feelings around our current political climate. Three dancers: Red, White, and Blue, embody and animate the American Flag. Music by Derrick Spiva.
In | Expiration (2015)
60 minute dance-theater work - Presented at Florida Dance Festival (as “I Was Just…”) and REDCAT NOW Festival
In | Expiration, is a highly rhythmic dance-theater performance that investigates issues of personal justice and identity, the imperative of breath, and the repercussions of race-fueled violence. Live text, stirring vocalizations and contrapuntal rhythmic-breathing are layered into and over the movement with twin-like precision by dancer/performers Sheetal Gandhi and Ulka Mohanty, who are accompanied by Mark Gutierrez on the upright and electric bass. Music by Derrick Spiva.
Indian Mythology and Me (2013)
60 minute family-friendly show with live music - Premiered at The Ford Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (under the title “Stories…On the MOVE!”)
Indian Mythology and Me is a family show that artfully weaves rhythm, song, gesture and facial expression into a dynamic exploration of Indian mythology and its connections to the world today. Breaking the fourth wall, the artists interact directly with audience members, inviting them onto the stage where they are playfully integrated into the performance.
I Am You (2012)
60 minute site-specific dance-theater duet - Premiered at Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica
The show is built for two dancers and non-performer volunteers from the local community who are integrated into the process and performance of the work. I Am You explores the nature of duality — of the complex relationship between the perception of the “inner” and “outer” person, or the soul and the personality.
Human Nature (2011)
50-minute multi-media, dance-theater solo- Premiered at Grand Performances at California Plaza, Los Angeles.
Human Nature is a multi-media dance-theater re-interpretation of Shel Silverstein’s classic story, “The Giving Tree.” In this solo work, Gandhi interacts with video and animation projected onto moving set pieces made entirely of recycled materials. Gandhi draws on the emotional charge of the archetypal relationship between the boy and the tree to explore the complex relationship between giving and taking and to address humanity’s frightening misuse and abuse of its own relationship to Nature.
Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife) (2009)
50-minute dance-theater solo - Premiered at Glorya Kaufman Hall, University of California Los Angeles, Toured to over 16 U.S. cities and to 4 countries.
Bahu-Beti-Biwi is a solo tour-de-force that wraps North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary exploration that glides between humorous portraiture and active
resistance. Gandhi mines the text and subtext of centuries-old North Indian women’s songs to re-imagine the singers’ lives by confronting them with women from her own life. Her characters have conversations with each other across time and space, revealing the complex tensions around freedom and compromise, desire and longing, duty and love.
Music by Joseph Trapanese.
Bombay Dreams (2004)
Broadway Theater, NYC
Sheetal Gandhi performed on Broadway as a stand-out ensemble member and understudy to the lead. Music by AR Rahman.
Cirque du Soleil - Dralion (1999-2001)
Sheetal Gandhi created and performed the role of “Oceane” — Goddess of Water for two years on tour.
Children of Eden (1997)
PaperMill Playhouse, NJ
Sheetal Gandhi played a supporting lead role in this musical. Music by Stephen Schwartz.
Festivals (highlights only)
Florida Dance Festival - Tampa FL (2013, 2015, 2017)
A contemporary dance festival presented by the Florida Dance Association.
Education: Workshops on Text & Movement, Bollywood Dance, Somatics
Performance: Performed Bahu-Beti-Biwi and In | Expiration
Tap the Yard - Martha’s Vineyard, MA (2014)
A festival of rhythm and beats! The festival features the best tap and percussive artists from across the country.
Education: Gave a talk on “Innovation”
Performance: Performed Bahu-Beti-Biwi
EVOKE - East West Players, Los Angeles (2013)
Festival of New Works.
Performance: Premiered Possession, created in collaboration with Shilpa Agarwal, Jas and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia.
Bridge: Choreographic Dialogues - Tel Aviv, Israel (2008) and (2009)
An Education Exchange Project of the Los Angeles/Tel Aviv Partnership.
Education: Teaching Contemporary Kathak and choreographing on pre-professional
contemporary dancers at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Performance: Presented an impromptu showing of an excerpt of Bahu-Beti-Biwi
Los Angeles Arts Group, Los Angeles, CA (2015)
Hired for a 10-week residency to teach Indian culture through music, dance, theater and storytelling forms to three 1st grade classes in Redondo Beach, CA.
P.S. Arts, Los Angeles, CA (2014)
Hired as a teaching artist for a six-week residency to teach dance to all classes, K-5. Collaborated with existing theater teaching artist to create a curriculum that emphasized the cooperation and relationship between these two forms, dance and theater.
The Center’s Arts Teach, Costa Mesa and LA Music Center (2012-present)
Performing a 40-minute show, Indian Mythology and Me for school assemblies, grades K-5.