SPEAK at NC State LIVE on April 17 & 18, 2020.Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3pm & 8pm

Titmus Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall


Co-created by Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia.


Tickets for the April 17, 8pm show available online here.

Tickets for the April 18, 3pm show available online here.

Tickets for the April 18, 8pm show available online here.

  • Single tickets are also available for purchase at Ticket Central or by phone 919.515.1100.
  • $35  |  NC State students $8 | NC State Faculty/Staff $15 | 50% off for children at the matinee performance

About the Performance

Indian Kathak dance and American tap intertwine to celebrate tradition and embrace new possibilities. Flipping the script on forms generally dominated by men, these four incredible women (including Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance) have co-created a triumph of cross-cultural collaboration. The performances at NC State LIVE will feature acclaimed Indian Kathak dancers Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas with tap impresarios Dormeshia and Josette Wiggan-Freund.

Expect to be fully taken by rhythm and virtuosity as these forms collide. The dancers share the stage with a stellar array of Indian classical musicians and a hip jazz combo. The original score was co-created by masterful Indian instrumentalist Jayanta Banerjee and ground-breaking jazz musicians Allison Miller (drums) and Carmen Staaf (piano). Come embrace our differences while celebrating what makes us one.

Post-show Talks

Stick around after the shows for a conversation with the artists about this cross-cultural work.

Make it a Family Affair

Bring the whole crew to our family-friendly matinee on Saturday at 3pm. 50% off for children ages 17 and under for the matinee performance!

Special Thanks

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, and is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission. This presentation is also funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.