On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) presents veteran Cirque du Soleil (Dralion) and Broadway (Bombay Dreams) star Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife).
Bahu-Beti-Biwi combines dance, stirring vocalization and percussive rhythms. It is an incisive commentary on the traditional role of Indian women, offset by brilliant touches of humor. Gandhi merges dance, live singing and text based on the language of the tabla (North Indian classical drum) to transition from one character to the next. For example, 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 confront-ing 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.
Cirque du Soleil star Sheetal Gandhi explores the traditional role of Indian women through dance, song and rhythm during her performance of Bahu-Beti-Biwi at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 20.
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 collaboration with composer Joe Trapanese, whose music for the stage has been described as "precise and evocative" by The New York Times. Most recently, Gandhi was the choreographer for Los Angeles-based Cornerstone Theater Company's first-ever musical, Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical.
Tickets to Sheetal Gandhi's performance are $12, $25 and $35 (plus applicable fees). Enjoy preshow dining in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard catered by Star Anise Indian Cuisine from 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle Theater. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.