Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife), a dance-theater performance by Sheetal Gandhi, will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica
Highways Artistic Director Leo Garcia describes the show as a “powerfully rhythmic performance that wraps North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary tour-de-force that glides between humorous portraiture and active resistance.”
In Bahu-Beti-Biwi, Gandhi’s characters have conversations with each other across time and space. The artist merges dance, live singing and rhythmic text based on the language of the tabla (North Indian classical drum) totransition from one character to the next, a Highways spokesperson says.
Through the performance, a “pop-locking” bird transforms into an endearing auntie who nurtures through (over)feeding, and the whining of an Indian-American teenage girl evolves into the melody of a North Indian classical raga.
Gandhi is both a musician and a dancer. She worked as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, played a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, and is featured on the original American cast album of Stephen Schwartz’sChildren of Eden.
An original score for the work is the product of a collaboration with composer Joe Trapanese.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors.
Information, (310) 315-1459, or www.highwaysperformance.org.