Born in London, Seeta Patel began training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna and has since worked with a range of bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals including Mavin Khoo, Padma Shri Adyar K Lakshman, Pushkala Gopal, DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, David Hughes Dance Company, Gandini Juggling.
Over the past 12 years she has received numerous awards and bursaries for her creative and professional development; these include the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship to study in India (2005) and at the New York Film Academy (2013). She has presented many solo and ensemble works including Shringara (2009), Last One Standing (2010), and First Light (2014). In 2013 she produced and starred in the award winning short dance film, The Art of Defining Me. In 2015 Seeta was a judge and mentor for the inaugural BBC TV Young Dancer Competition; in 2016 she choreographed a new play, The House of In Between by playwright/actor Sevan K. Greene at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
In 2018 she toured her critically acclaimed political solo show, Not Today’s Yesterday to audiences all over the UK. Not Today’s Yesterday was made in collaboration with Australian choreographer Lina Limosani, about the whitewashing of history. 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. This summer it was also a part of the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received four star reviews from The Guardian and The Scotsman.
She has just completed the first UK tour of her reimagining of The Rite of Spring to critical acclaim and is currently planning the scaling up of the work with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Not Today’s Yesterday
Thu 7 November 2019, 8pm
Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University
With guest speakers Deborah Sutton and Roaa Ali
Thu 28 November 2019, 7.30pm
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
With guest speaker Sumaya Kassim and Dr Patricia Noxolo