Co-created by Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia.
Indian Kathak dance and American tap intertwine to celebrate tradition and embrace new possibilities.
Get in on the Action
While we work to reschedule the SPEAK performances and community-based residency for next season, we’ve planned some digital events for spring 2020. Get a sneak peek into this innovative tap and kathak collaboration – all from the comfort of your couch. Please join us for this virtual residency:
- Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30pm (please note the new date) | Digital Happy Hour Featuring the Artists of SPEAK. We’ll send cocktail and mocktail suggestions in advance! Note: You must register for this event here by noon on April 28. Participants will be sent a Zoom link 30 minutes in advance of the event.
- Friday, May 1 at 8:30pm (and for 48 hrs after the livestream) | SPEAK Livestream – The SPEAK artists will livestream excerpts from the performance and offer a post-show Q&A session. Tune in to the livestream here (also available for 48 hours after the livestream).
NC State LIVE is strongly committed to making our programming accessible to people of all abilities. If you have specific accommodation requests for these events, please email Liza Green, associate director at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Both digital residency events are free.
About the Performance
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.
Refund information for April 17 & 18 performances
- This performance is canceled though we are working with the artists to reschedule SPEAK and our community residency at a later date. Please read our full statement about COVID-19 here.
- Enjoy the free virtual residency events listed above!
- A note about refunds: All tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically; there is no need to contact Ticket Central for your refund. For those of you who purchased tickets by contacting Ticket Central directly, we will be in touch with you with instructions as soon as possible. Please note that the box office is staffed by student employees, which means that Ticket Central will be operating with reduced staff. Thank you for your patience.
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.