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.


  • This performance is canceled. Please read our full statement about COVID-19 here.
  • 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.
  • $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! 

Get in on the Action

Our residency with the artists from SPEAK from April 13 to 18 has been canceled.

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.