Bridge Choreographic Dialogues

Bridge is an Education Exchange Project of the Los Angeles/Tel Aviv Jewish Federation partnership. Sheetal was invited two years in a row to the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, Israel to participate in a 2 week teaching and choreography workshop where she set new work on pre-professional Israeli dance students.

Dha Ta Ka Nothing

As part of the Bridge: Choreographic Dialogues program, Gandhi was invited to the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, Israel to participate in a 2-week teaching and choreography workshop where she set new work on pre-professional Israeli dance students.  The work combines modern and contemporary dance techniques with the complex, precise rhythms of the North Indian classical dance form, Kathak.  

Excerpts: 4:16 minutes
Full-length: 15 minutes

Koo Koo

Koo Koo is the product of the Bridge: Choreographic Dialogues program.  For the 2nd year in a row, Gandhi was invited to Tel Aviv, Israel to set original work on pre-professional Israeli dance students.  The two-week workshop was designed to introduce the students to the fundamental technique of Kathak dance and to then draw upon the basic elements in the creation of new choreography in a contemporary context. 

Excerpts: 7:51 minutes

““Speaking about kathak dance, which she has studied in India in Kumudini Lakhia’s Kadamb School and in L.A. with Anjani Ambegaokar, Sheetal remarks, ”I use kathak as a way to teach the things that I do – which is the gestural language, focus, presence, rhythm, timing, musicality, and footwork.  So I would never claim to teach a pure kathak class, but I use it as a springboard.”  Sheetal was excited to share her knowledge of kathak dance with the students in her Bridge: Choreographic Dialogues workshop class.  “I love to pass it on,” she says.  “It’s a form that otherwise people wouldn’t have any exposure to.

- Deborah Friedes; Dance in Israel

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