Sheetal Gandhi has starred in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion and Bombay Dreams on Broadway. Now the Indian-American dancer is bringing her Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife) to the Florida Dance Festival, which starts its 12-day run next week at USF.
Gandhi's solo piece "wraps North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary exploration that glides between humorous portraiture and active resistance," says a blurb on her website (sheetalgandhi.com). It's performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Theatre 2 on the Tampa campus. $12-$20. She will also lead a free Bollywood master class at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Other performances during the festival that are open to the public include the Core Performance Company (June 22), dancer and choreographer Heather Maloney (June 26), The Secret History of Love by Sean Dorsey Dance (June 28) and the finale's student showcase (June 29).
All festival performances are in Theatre 2. Information, tickets: floridadanceassociation.org or ticketmaster.com (toll-free 1-800-982-2787).
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic