Sheetal Ghandi

Monday, August 29th, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm - JW Marriot Platinum C

Sheetal Ghandi

Sheetal Gandhi is a National Dance Performance (NDP) and MAP Fund award-winning choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA.  Her work has been described as "eloquent, inventive, virtuosic dance-theater" by the Philadelphia Inquirer utilizing "incisive commentary offset by brilliant touches of humor" (Narthaki). Inspired to explore the complexities of human existence she creates characters of profound depth, integrity and humanity. Using a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern and West African dance, as well as complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and singing, she strives to craft a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary. Her career has spanned genres and disciplines including her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, dancing throughout Ghana with the traditional West African dance company Novisi, and singing with the New York based, all-female a cappella group, Anamcara.

Sheetal Gandhi is a National Dance Performance (NDP) and MAP Fund award-winning choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA.  Her work has been described as "eloquent, inventive, virtuosic dance-theater" by the Philadelphia Inquirer utilizing "incisive commentary offset by brilliant touches of humor" (Narthaki). Inspired to explore the complexities of human existence she creates characters of profound depth, integrity and humanity. Using a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern and West African dance, as well as complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and singing, she strives to craft a virtuosic and evocative physical/vocal vocabulary. Her career has spanned genres and disciplines including her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, dancing throughout Ghana with the traditional West African dance company Novisi, and singing with the New York based, all-female a cappella group, Anamcara.

Gandhi is an MFA graduate in dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. She is a recent proud recipient of a 2016 MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Past choreographic support has come from the James Irvine Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.  She is a recipient of a 2014 Montalvo Artist Residency, the 2012 Annenberg Community Beach House Choreography Residency, a 2011 COLA Individual Artist Grant, the LA Dance Advance Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant and was a participating member of the 2012 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) Program. Also the Kathryn Karipides, Family Forti, Shirely Carter, Jacob’s Pillow and other scholarships. Her passion for intercultural exchange was supported by a Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship in Amsterdam and an invitation to attend the Tanzmesse International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dusseldorf, Germany.  In 2010 she was selected as an APPEX fellow and joined 15 other master dancers and musicians from countries around the Asia Pacific Rim to participate in a 3-week artistic and cultural residency in Bali, Indonesia. 

Her solo and group work has been presented at Harlem Stages (NYC), The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), ODC Theater (San Francisco), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), CSUMB (Monterey), the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Kahilu Theatre (Hawaii), VSA Arts New Mexico, Goodhart Hall (Bryn Mawr), South Puget College (Washington), Florida Dance Festival, 24th St. Theater (Los Angeles), The Lab Theater (Minneapolis), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), The Joyce Soho (NYC), The Jacob’s Pillow Festival (MA), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Erasing Borders Festival (NYC), National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC), and more.  Internationally, her work has been presented in India, Mexico, Norway and Amsterdam.  In Los Angeles, Gandhi is on faculty at Scripps College and Santa Monica College.   She continues to engage in collaborations with artists and communities both locally and abroad, embracing opportunities to expand the limits of imagination, creativity and human compassion.  Visit her on Facebook or at www.sheetalgandhi.com