Bahu Beti Biwi
(Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife)
This acclaimed work was awarded the 2012-13 NDP Touring Award, and has been presented in theaters from Norway to India and in over 15 cities in the U.S. With powerful dance, stirring vocalization and percussive text, Sheetal Gandhi’s solo show, Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife) wraps North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary tour de force that glides between humorous portraiture and active resistance. Gandhi mines the texts and subtexts of centuries-old women’s songs to create an arresting vision of generational shifts that are reshaping our definitions of freedom and compromise, desire and longing, duty and love.
Merging dance, live singing and percussive text based on the language of the tabla (North Indian classical drum), Gandhi transitions from one character to the next. A “pop-locking” bird transforms into an endearing auntie who nurtures through (over)feeding. The whining of an Indian-American teenage girl evolves into the slippery melody of a North Indian classical raga. Gandhi is both a musician and a dancer. Using complex syncopations and theatricality, she has crafted a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary.
Excerpt: 3:11 minutes
Full-length: 50 minutes
Residency activities and opportunities for Sheetal to connect and engage directly with the community can be arranged as a part of this presentation. Go to Engagement and Education for more info.
Concept, Direction and Performance:
Music: Joseph Trapanese
featuring lok git, women’s folk songs from North India
Voice: Sheetal Gandhi, Alex Grabarchuk, Jennifer Lin, and Cindy Moh
Violin: Jagan Ramamoorthy
Sitar: Chris Rael and Sonali Sheth
Tabla: Jas Ahluwalia
Percussion: Benjamin Phelps and Joseph Trapanese
Lighting Design: Tony Shayne
Costumes: Sheetal Gandhi and Camille Villanueva
Bahu-Beti-Biwi is approximately 50-minutes long and can also be presented as shorter excerpts.
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