CYNTHIA LEE: Bridging the worlds of contemporary avant-garde performance and classical kathak, Cynthia Lee's choreography focuses on rigorous intercultural collaboration and on developing kathak as a contemporary form. Simone Forti's text-movement improvisation, the work of Eiko & Koma, and contact improvisation deeply inform Cynthia's approach to contemporary dance; her style of kathak reflects studies with Bandana Sen, Kumudini Lakhia, and Anjani Ambegaokar. Cynthia collaborates with artists from diverse backgrounds, including new music/jazz composer David Cutler, Bharatanatyam dancer Anusha Kedhar of ANGIKA, West Sumatran choreographer Ery Mefri of Nan Jombang, world musician Lenny Seidman of Spoken Hand, and Brazilian visual artist Cristina Rosa. The recipient of a 2002-3 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship,Cynthia was also invited to participate in the 2006 Asia Pacific Performing Arts Exchange, the 2007 Asian Young Choreographers Project in Taiwan, and the 2008 Indonesian Dance Festival. Her choreography has been shown in India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and throughout the United States at venues such as REDCAT, the Irvine Barclay Theater, and the Painted Bride Arts Center. She has performed internationally at venues ranging from UCLA Royce Hall, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taman Ismail Marzuki, and on Doordarshan, the Indian governmental television channel. Cynthia holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures.
SANDRA CHATTERJEE: Cultivating an aesthetic that reflects the nomadic qualities of her life, Sandra Chatterjee combines her interests of choreographing, writing, and creating platforms for exchange among emerging creative (South Asian) artists. Her training in Kuchipudi provides a strong basis from which to create contemporary choreography that also draws on her training in Bharatanatyam, Polynesian dance, modern/postmodern dance, and yoga. She is a recipient of the Hawaii State dance Council's Choreographic Award and Cultural Preservation Award and holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since completion of her PhD, she has been primarily working as an independent choreographer, performing mostly in India and Europe with the Post Natyam Collective and presenting her solo work. She has also been a visiting scholar teaching at UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures. Sandra is currently working on several independent projects, such in her three areas of interest: she is working towards a solo show that works with choreography and visual art/photography projections, expanding her scholarship, teaching dance in Munich, and has recently completed a diploma in "Kultur und Organisation" in Vienna.