Seeta Patel

Crossing Borders 2019 | Anti-Racist Contemporary Dance | 3 Dec | 7-8:30pm
Centring artists of colour and their reparative/resistant/holistic anti-racist dance practices

This panel will discuss the structural racisms and racist silencing that operate in the contemporary dance sector. By centring anti-racist and decolonial works by dance artists and programmers of colour, the discussion will reflect on coalitional strategies for moving against and beyond the forms of racial violence and erasure that shape our field. It will be led by Alexandrina Hemsley, Rob Jones, Seeta Patel and Rajni Shah and facilitated by Royona Mitra.

This event is part of the "Contemporary Dance and Whiteness" research project funded by British Academy and partnered by Independent Dance.

It is free to attend through the support of the British Academy.


Seeta Patel began training in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals, including Mavin Khoo, Meena Raman and Pushkala Gopal. She has toured with DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and David Hughes Dance Company, and presented solo classical work with live music at ROH2, Lilian Baylis Sadler’s Wells and Southbank Centre. She has received awards and bursaries for her creative and professional development including Lisa Ullmann travel scholarship, Bonnie Bird bursary and Best Dance Award Adelaide Fringe 2018. Seeta has collaborated on award-winning shows Sigma with Gandini Juggling and Not Today’s Yesterday with Lina Limosani. She continues to mentor young dancers as her commitment to talent development. Seeta has also reimagined the iconic Rite of Spring for a cast of six talented international Bharatanatyam dancers.