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Brinda Guha on stage wearing black and gold with her hair in a top knot and her arms in the air mid movement. She is smiling, and there are mic stands behind her.
Official trailer for Can We Dance Here?
I first saw Brinda Guha and her Soles of Duende collaborators--Arielle Rosales and Amanda Castro--perform their sensational Can We Dance Here? at Dixon Place in 2018, and I've been a fervent fan ever since. Three women with mad skills in Tap (Castro), Flamenco (Rosales), and Kathak (Guha), with their juxtaposed and blended dynamism, had the audience roaring with joy. I'm also deeply respectful of Guha's scholarship and outspoken activism in the arts and social justice. I knew she would be an powerful speaker for Body and Soul, but little did I know just how powerful!
Come along with Guha through rich memories of family, community, culture, the inner world, and performance.
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Kalamandir Dance Company in Boy With A Coin
See more work by Brinda Guha here.
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Brinda standing in a white room on a white platform in all white with a long shirt with black feminine divine drawings on it. Her hair is down, and she has a bold lip and large turquoise earrings. Her arms are in motion, and she is looking directly at the camera.
BIO: Brinda Guha identifies as a non-disabled, caste-privileged, cisgender and queer South-Asian American, and is a trained Indian Classical Kathak dancer for over 20 years and has traveled throughout USA and to India, England, and Spain to perform. During training and performing for years in the Kathak (Malabika Guha) and Manipuri (Kalavati Devi) dance disciplines, as well as Flamenco (Carmen de las Cuevas; Dionisia Garcia) and Contemporary Fusion vocabularies, she co-founded Kalamandir Dance Company in 2010 based in the vocabulary of #ContemporaryIndian. This name is currently under review. Through Kalamandir, Brinda choreographed for many national stages, the North American Bengali Conference at Madison Square Garden, and self-produced and choreographed original feature-length dance productions which earned her artist residencies at Dixon Place (2018) and Dancewave (2019) to continue to develop work. Now, she is represented by CESD Talent Agency and is pursuing artistic direction, performance and arts education. She continues to train in Kathak, Manipuri, Yorchha™ (est. Ananya Chatterjea), and Contemporary. Brinda also dances with dynamic percussive trio Soles of Duende, featuring Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), Tap (Amanda Castro), and Kathak. Her dream of having art meet activism was realized when she created WISE FRUIT NYC, a seasonal live arts installment (est. 2017) dedicated to the feminine divine and honoring select women-led organizations. Between live installments, Wise Fruit NYC functions as a community-led space for beginner tools in social justice. For her day job, she works as the Symposium Coordinator for dance service organization based in the values of justice, equity, and inclusion: Dance/NYC.