Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) is excited to present the world premiere of Shaamya - Of Equality––their latest collaboration with composer J.D. Steele––at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, MN on November 19 - 21, 2021. It is choreographed by Rita Mustaphi, KDT’s Artistic Director.\ \ Inspired by the poetry of writer and activist Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) and using a mixture of multicultural dance, music, and spoken word poetry, the show juxtaposes past and present fights for racial, cultural and gender equity.\ \ Equality will be set to a live rendition of original compositions by Twin Cities musical legend J.D. Steele, who will be accompanied by pianist Billy Steele and vocalist Jevetta Steele, as well as drum artist Abhinav Sharma. It will also include poetic contributions by Somali poet and playwright Ifrah Mansour, who will accompany the dancers with her acclaimed poem “I am a Refugee.”\ \ In addition to KDT’s Kathak dance ensemble, contributions from dancers of multiethnic backgrounds will fill out the show, including ballet, flamenco, tap, and hip-hop. Runtime: 80 minutes.\ \ Showtimes:\ November 19: 7:30 pm\ November 20: 7:30 pm\ November 21: 2 pm | American sign language (ASL); post-show discussion\ \ \ This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. It is also supported by a grant from St. Paul’s Cultural STAR program.