Seeta Patel

Dancer & Choreographer

The award-winning choreographer/dancer Seeta Patel was born in London and began her training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in 1990. She since worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals including Mavin Khoo, Padma Shri Adyar K Lakshman, Pushkala Gopal, Darshan Singh Bhuller, and more. Seeta has performed and toured with a number of companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, David Hughes Dance Company and Mavin Khoo Dance.

She has presented solo and ensemble works at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room, Royal Opera House: ROH2 and Sadler’s Wells.
Cycle of Change (2005), She Was Still (2005-6), Alter Ego (2007), Shringara (2009), Last One Standing (2010) and First Light (2014).

She presented her solo classical London debut, Shringara: Journey of Desire, to a capacity audience at The Clore Upstairs, Royal Opera House (June 2009), and toured the work around the UK in 2010/11. She has subsequently presented solo classical works Dancing My Siva and Something Then, Something Now to sold out audiences at Sadler’s Wells and the Purcell Room (Darbar Festival).

Over the past 12 years, Patel has received numerous awards and bursaries for her creative and professional development. She was awarded the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship to study in India (2005) and at the New York Film Academy (2013). In 2017 she received the Washington S&R Award for her work championing Bharatanatyam in the diaspora.

Seeta worked as a choreographic collaborator with the world renowned contemporary circus company, Gandini Juggling, for their production Sigma which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and subsequently won the Archangel Award, Total Theatre Award, and Asian Arts Award. The show is touring nationally and internationally during 2020.

In tandem with her choreographic and performing work Seeta has worked in film, TV and theatre. She produced a multi award-winning short dance film, The Art of Defining Me in 2013, which gained national and international acclaim. She was a judge, mentor and advisor for the inaugural BBC TV Young Dancer Competition and in 2016 choreographed a new play at the Theatre Royal Stratford East called The House of In Between.

Seeta’s latest contemporary work in collaboration with the Australian choreographer and performer Lina Limosani is the one-woman show, Not Today's Yesterday which takes a dramatic look at the whitewashing of history around the world. The show was a recipient of the Adelaide Artist Fringe Fund and premiered successfully at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2018 where it won Best Dance, and the Peace Foundation Award.

Seeta toured Not Today’s Yesterday around the UK in 2018 and 2019, including the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the British Council showcase. During the tour she curated a series of lively and interesting post-show talks in association with a range of activists, historians and artists. Seeta will be performing the show in Australia and Egypt this year.

Seeta’s critically acclaimed Bharatanatyam version of the iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring, toured the UK in 2019 and will be touring in 2020/21 and again in 2022/23 when it will be performed at Sadler’s Wells with an extended cast and full orchestra. The constantly evolving world of South Asian Dance is developing as an integral part of the international dance landscape and Seeta Patel is a vital part of this growing business; she mentors and supports up-and-coming dancers, she produces high quality work which entertains and engages an increasing audience both in the UK and abroad.