Sheetal Gandhi in “Bahu, Beti, Biwi”
FEBRUARY 6 at 7:30 PM
Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife)
Bahu-Beti-Biwi is a solo tour de force combining dance, stirring vocalization and percussive text. It is an incisive commentary on the traditional role of Indian women and is offset by brilliant touches of humor. In Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife), Gandhi merges dance, live singing and percussive text based on the language of the tabla (North Indian classical drum) to transition from one character to the next. A “pop-locking” bird transforms into an endearing auntie who nurtures through (over)feeding. The whining of an Indian-American teenage girl evolves into the slippery melody of a North Indian classical raga.
Throughout Bahu-Beti-Biwi Gandhi mines the text and subtext of centuries old North Indian women’s songs to re-imagine the singers’ lives by confronting them with women from her own life. Her characters have conversations with each other across time and space, revealing the complex tensions around freedom and compromise, desire and longing, duty and love. In both form and content, the work reflects her love for tradition with her equally urgent desire to break from it. An original score for the work is the product of a flourishing collaboration with composer Joe Trapanese whose music for the stage has been described as “precise and evocative” by the New York Times.
Choreographed, Written, Directed and Performed by: Sheetal Gandhi
Lighting Design: Tony Shayne
Music by: Joseph Trapanese featuring lok git, women’s folk songs from North India
Music Produced by: Joseph Trapanese and Sheetal Gandhi
Voice: Sheetal Gandhi, Alex Grabarchuk, Jennifer Lin, and Cindy Moh
Violin: Jagan Ramamoorthy
Sitar: Chris Rael and Sonali Sheth
Tabla: Jas Ahluwalia
Percussion: Benjamin Phelps and Joseph Trapanese
Costumes: Sheetal Gandhi and Camille Villanueva
Tickets $25 adults / $15 students