S P E A K
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
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