SPEAK at NC State LIVE on April 17 & 18, 2020.


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:

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 lwgreen@ncsu.edu in advance.

Both digital residency events are free.

In addition to the public events above, the SPEAK artists are engaging with students across the Triangle this spring. At NC State, the SPEAK co-creators are facilitated a virtual guest lecture for Dr. Alison Arnold’s Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts course. Read more about their virtual guest artist lecture here.

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. All other refunds have been processed. Thank you for your patience.

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.