Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

“The East spoke to the West without using words. It made you feel nothing else matters as long as we can experience beauty like this. Humanity will triumph in-spite of all the adverse events happening around us.”

Upcoming Performances

March 24 & 25, 2017
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

March, 2018
Broad Stage
Los Angeles, CA

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, Amy Seiwart Imagery


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