SPEAK, Indian Kathak & American Tap Dance Unite at Kahilu Theatre February 16

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The Leela Dance Collective presents its newest work, SPEAK at the Kahilu Theatre on February 16, 2020, at 2 p.m. featuring Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Ticket info below.


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. The production features both a classical Hindustani ensemble led by sitar master and longtime Chitresh Das Dance Company music director Jayanta Banerjee and a jazz trio led by Carmen Staaf who performed at the Kahilu earlier this season.

Designed to spotlight female dancers, who are often relegated to the background in tap, SPEAK is an entirely new production that builds on the concept of equality, building a collaboration—not a fusion— of the two dance styles and finding common ground in the shared rhythms. 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, Leela Dance Collective’s SPEAK promises to thrill, provoke and move your spirit.

If you go… Have a good show!

Event: SPEAK
When: Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 2 p.m.
Where: Kahilu Theatre
Cost: $65/$35
Info: Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

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