Nandini Sikand and Donia Salem
Nandini Sikand is an Odissi dancer, filmmaker and anthropologist. She is the co-founder and co-director of Sakshi Productions, a neo-classical and contemporary dance company. Her work has been funded by LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), the Asian American Arts Alliance and Joyce Soho in New York City. She is also the Associate Director/Choreographer of Harmattan Theater, a performance group committed to an environmentally and socially-engaged theater. Nandini Sikand is an Assistant Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, PA.
Using a gestural dance vocabulary and Indian movement practices, most Sakshi performances inhabit dancing bodies, personal histories, vocal intonations, evocative images and live percussion. Sakshi Productions was founded in 2008 by Kakoli Mukherjee and Nandini Sikand and they have performed at many notable venues, including Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Danny Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pace University, John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York.
donia salem’s work is driven by a desire to know how identity and experience are shaped by place, language, lineage, migration, history, and gender. She is a student of acclaimed Odissi Guru, Durga Charan Ranbir, and works closely with Rahul Acharya. Performances include Princeton University, Bard College, Kansas University, The FlynnSpace, Alvin Ailey, and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts – with Rajika Puri as part of WMI's Dancing The Gods series. In addition to being part of Sakshi Productions, salem co-directs The Outlet Dance Project – an annual festival of women choreographers and filmmakers; is part of the Brown Girl in the Ring Collective, and was a founding member of Kalamandir Dance Company. Some of her poetry can be found in the Winter 2016 issue of Sukoon Magazine. donia has her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.