A Story of Empowerment

What can a young immigrant girl who was raised in the Bronx know about Indian dance culture? In searching for the answer, choreographer, and performer Gaitrie Subryan, takes us on a journey tracing her ancestors’ voyage from Bihar, India to Guyana, South America. With her untamed passion for Bollywood, Afro-Caribbean dance, and Indian Classical dance styles Bharatanatyam and Kathak, she discovers that her ancestors’ stories reside in her body and have paved the path to find her beat.

Cast and Crew

Artistic Director and Producer: Gaitrie Subryan

Co-Director: Megan Evans-Rakeepile

Creative Consultant: Victoria Perez

Graphics & Projections Designer: Slick Buddha Designs

Choreographers: Gaitrie Subryan in collaboration with Cortney Costanzo, Jayeeta Dutta, Holli Simme, Megan Evans-Rakeepile, and Nitya Vedantam.

Performers: Cortney Costanzo, Amber Evans, Isabella Guerrucci, Jonise Hall, Dana Harris, Anika Pace, Natasha Perkins, Megan Rakeepile, Nathania Sampaio, Holli Simme, Gaitrie Subryan, accompanied with live drumming by Baba Ysa, Devin, Marlo, Marvin, Taharka and Ted Canning. 

Lighting Designer: Devon Hard

Stage Manager: Aneesah Karam


This production is supported by Shea’s Smith Theatre through the Arts Engagement and Education Department and by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) program and by the Mellon Foundation for Creatives Rebuild New York, GLOW Creatives, Go Art!, GVCA, ACWC, and NYSCA

“This was a story of my heritage, where I came from and something which I my family went through. I have never seen anything like this on stage before” -Audience member

Show Information  

Run Time: 90 minutes (with Intermission)
Cast: 11 dancers, 6 musicians
Concept: Gaitrie Subryan

Choreography: Gaitrie Subryan, in collaboration with Sukanya Burman, Cortney Costanzo, Jayeeta Dutta, Holli Simme, Megan Rakeepile, and Nitya Vedantam

Composers: Ravi Padmanabha, Ted Canning, and MahataMmoho Collective Drum Ensemble

Performers: Devi Bollywood Performing Arts and MahataMmoho Collective

Booking Information: 

Bookings Manager

Upcoming Tour Dates

Date: Friday, February 2, 2024

Time: 10am (On School Time)

Location: 710 Shea’s Theatre

710 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

For tickets schools need to contact SHEA’S: https://www.sheas.org/on-school-time/

Date: TBD (April 2024)

Time: 7pm

Location: Letchworth High School

5550 School Road., Gainsville, NY 14066

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024

Time: 7pm (Meet & Greet reception to follow)

Location: The Auditorium at Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons

3200 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14217