Dance4 are co-commissioners of Seeta’s new work, The Rite of Spring, that will premiere in May 2019.
Born in London, Seeta Patel began training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals including Mavin Khoo, Padma Shri Adyar K Lakshman, Pushkala Gopal, Darshan Singh Bhuller and more.
Over the past 12 years, Patel has received numerous awards and bursaries for her creative and professional development. She produced a multi award winning short dance film, The Art of Defining Me in 2013, which gained national and international acclaim.
Seeta was a judge, mentor and advisor for the first ever BBC Young Dancer competition. She choreographed a new play at Theatre Royal Stratford East called The House of In Between, and looks forward to broadening her horizons in this medium.
In 2017 Seeta received the Washington Award for her work championing Bharatanatyam in the diaspora and is now very proud to have presented her solo classical Bharatanatyam performance with live music at Sadler’s Wells as part of the prestigious Darbar Festival in November 2017.
Seeta worked as a choreographic collaborator with the world renowned Gandini Juggling in their recent production Sigma which premiered in a successful multi award winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Archangel Award, Total Theatre Award & Asian Arts Award). UK and international touring has begun.
Her latest contemporary work in collaboration with Lina Limosani (Aus) entitled Not Today Yesterday looks at the whitewashing of history around the world. It was the recipient of the Adelaide Artist Fringe Fund and did a successful run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2018, winning Best Dance and the Peace Foundation Award. The work is due to tour the UK in Autumn 2018 and will include a series of exciting curated talks with vital voices on the subject matter including activists, historians and artists.
Embarking on creating larger ensemble works, including the iconic Rite of Spring, and championing young talent and Bharatnatyam in the diaspora forms the next stage of Seeta’s creative vision.
The constantly growing world of South Asian Dance is developing as an integral part of the international dance landscape and Seeta Patel aims to be a part of producing high quality and thought provoking work.