...an evening of rhythmic magic.
— Los Angeles Dance Chronicle
...a sunny break from our me-first fractured world.
— Los Angeles Times
These women welcome the collision of their individual genres, using their art as a container for the larger conversation about connection. The reach across the perceived divide engages, entertains and educates.
— Amy Seiwart, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet

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Concept: Rina Mehta & Rachna Nivas
Choreography: Rachna Nivas, Rina Mehta, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance
Original Score: Jayanta Banerjee, Allison Miller, Carmen Staaf
Lighting Design: Dave Robertson
90 minutes, 4 dancers, 6 musicians 

...a performance that brought the audience to its feet.
— Los Angeles Dance Chronicle
thrilling performers...
— Los Angeles Times

Presenters and Funders

The Broad Stage, Los Angeles
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (World Premiere)
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
Z-Space, San Francisco (Work in Progress)

National Endowment for the Arts
New Music USA
California Arts Council
Zellerbach Family Foundation


Indian Kathak dance and American tap dance, continents and ages apart, share parallel stories of struggle and perseverance. They come together in this sensational collaboration that is rhythm, poetry, storytelling, music and dance.

SPEAK carries forward the legacy of iconic artists like Pandit Chitresh Das, Dr. Jimmy Slyde and James Buster Brown, while bringing to the forefront the voices of powerful female artists. Serving as the bridge between tradition and innovation, history and progress, Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards create nothing short of magic on the stage. 

Joined by the world's leading Indian classical and jazz musicians, SPEAK promises to thrill, provoke and move your spirit. 

Jayanta Banerjee, Sitar and Composer
Debashis Sarkar, Vocals
Satyaprakash Mishra, Tabla

Musical Cast:

Allison Miller, Drums and Composer
Carmen Staaf, Piano
Todd Sickafoose, Bass

Booking Information:

Elka Samuels Smith
Divine Rhythm Productions

Upcoming Performances

India Tour
February 17-25th, 2019