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“You were wild once, don't let them tame you.”

- Isadora Duncan

Artist, Woman of Color, Parent 
Immigrant, Storyteller, Cultural Worker

These categories define me, conflict within me, nurture me. I embody these roles but also many others and the spaces in between. I believe that true beauty lies in abandoning categories & existing free of definition.
 
 A Utopian Idea? Yes.
 
 But what is art if not creating worlds that did not exist before?
 
I am interested in the intersection between art & activism; art as a tool for social change & dismantling systems of patriarchy & colonization. Examining political, social & cultural constructs through the lens of dance & art.

I love creating works that allow you to escape into the realm of my imagination, a place of sublime beauty but also uncomfortable truths, sun & shadows, fantasy and reality.

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Let's Talk Art

Choreography, Performance & Classes

Writing

Creative Consultation

Interested in a conceptual collaboration? A live or virtual performance? Deepening your dance training? It all starts with a conversation. Let's talk to see whether this would be the right fit.

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Choreography & Performance

15 yrs + experience for stage events, festivals, tours, intimate shows. Conceptual, theme-based, site-specific or grandiose.

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Classes & Workshops

- Indian Contemporary

- Bollywood Jazz

- Fusion

- Improvisation

Sound technical base, finding authenticity though movement, understanding the roots and foundations of each style.

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Writing

College education in English Literature and a love for the written word. I used to say that if I wasn't a dancer, I'd be a writer. Then I thought, why not be both?

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Creative Consultation

Streamline show concepts, themes for a dance video or performance, choreography and visuals, costume and styling ideas, mood board & more.

Choreography

"Where this production really shines is in the dancing, with absolutely delightful choreography by Ishika Seth that is at once authentic and parodic. In several ensemble numbers one feels transported into a Bollywood video, in the best way." - Jeanie Forte (Palo Alto Weekly)

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"They" by Akhil Joondeph, Amit Patel & Ishika Seth. 

Fact/SF Summer Dance Festival 2022.

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

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San Francisco Pride performance with Parivar.

June 2022

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Solo performance with Shadab Faridi at the Shaan se Tour with Mona Khan Company.

2011

"Fragments," a Contemporary Dance film by Amit Patel & Ishika Seth.

2020

Holi dance video with Amit Patel.

Videographer: Kenny Bui

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"It Will Explode" choreographed in collaboration with visual artist Deborah Mills Thacker.

2010

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"Tabaah"  choreographed with Amit Patel for Mona Khan Company. 

Photographer: ZoArt Photography

2013

"The world without her"  choreographed for Mona Khan Company

Photographer: JaiHo TV

2016

"Piya se Naina" choreographed for Raga Labs for Mona Khan Company. 

2018

Choreographer for "Transgressions" for Mona Khan Company.

Photographer: ZoArt Photography

2016

Choreographer for "Wives" produced by Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley.

2022

Choreographer for "A Nice Indian Boy" produced by SFSU.

2022

Choreographer for "Saans" for Narika Bay Area 30 yr Gala.

Photographer: Focus 71

2022

"Chup"  choreographed with Amit Patel for "Unbound" produced by Amita Batra in New York.

Photographer: Jordan Gartenberg

2022

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"Yeh Armaan" choreographed for Mona Khan Company

2017

Photo: ZoArt Photography

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"Broken Memories" choreographed by Amit Patel & Ishika Seth at Mona Khan Company for SJDance Co. ChoreoProject Awards & Dancing Downtown. (Received ChoreoProject Audience's Choice Award). 2015

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Choreographer for "Cleaning Silence" in collaboration with spoken word artist Muna Abdulahi for Mona Khan Company.

Photographer: ZoArt Photography

2019

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"Bekhauff" choreographed for Mona Khan Company & Maitri.

Photographer: ZoArt Photography

2013

"Khafa" choreographed for "Eventually Epic" with Mona Khan Company

Choreographer for "The Sorcerer" produced by San Jose Lyric Opera.

2011

Choreographer for "Dissent" for Mona Khan Company.

Photographer: ZoArt Photography

2015

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"Seth as Surpanakha had a strength in her gaze that radiated through her entire body, whether she was still or moving." - Nadhi Thakkek in ODC.Dance.Stories

Performance Portfolio
 

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Support my Work

Any contributions you make directly support my work as an artist. Your contributions would enable me to create more stage productions, digital content, pay dancers and collaborators and deepen my artistic practice.

 

Ishika Seth is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Ishika Seth must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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