Leela Dance, a dance collective bringing together today's leading Kathak artists presents the world premiere of SPEAK: A Kathak and Tap Collaboration, March 24-25, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Continuing the legacy that Pt. Chitresh Das started with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, Leela Dance is sustaining and deepening that relationship with the production of SPEAK. By bringing together female artists both in Kathak dance and Tap dance, SPEAK facilitates and demonstrates how we can come together across differences in race, culture, history, class and religion.
Indian Kathak and American tap dance - continents and ages apart - share parallel stories of struggle and perseverance. Kathak dancers Rachna Nivas and Rina Mehta (disciples of the late legendary master Pandit Chitresh Das), along with Tap dancers Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Tony Award-winning Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk) and Michelle Dorrance (Dorrance Dance, New York), come together in this sensational collaboration that is rhythm, poetry, storytelling, music, and dance. Music composition by Jayanta Banerjee (Sitar) and Allison Miller (Drums).
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 the dancers 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.
Presented by Leela Dance Collective