Ananya Dance Theatre is the leading creator of contemporary Indian dance in the global arts and social justice movement. Invoking the work and dreams of women of color, we radically reframe the ground on which we dance, inspiring our audiences through visual and emotional engagement.
Neel, blue in Artistic Director’s native language Bangla, takes off from the blues, the pain, disappointment, and devastation of broken dreams and moves slowly towards the azure blue of the morning sky, which brings the possibility of hope and new dimensions. Duke Ellington’s name for a short piece he recorded in 1944, Blutopia, invokes an imaginative leap in this piece. The “blues,” experiences of pain and loss from the past, push the dreamer to conjure a vision of the future that is filled with hope and possibility, in turn transforming the present. Perhaps that dream is not realized in logistical terms, but the imaginative labor of dreaming changes the world for the rest of us. Dreaming in ways that cause visions of different people to intersect with each other, reconfigure the horizon of what is possible, and change the world, is a radical practice. Neel is based on the conviction that some of the most powerful dreaming comes from marginalized peoples, women whose desire for transformation cannot be suppressed.
© 2014 Ananya Dance Theatre.
Photography by V. Paul Virtucio, Jim Smith, Srija Chatterjea-Sen. Videography by Darren Johnson. Print graphic design by Andrew Jerabek.
Ananya Dance Theatre is participating in ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest.
Neel is supported by a Global Spotlight Seed Award from Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.
Neel is supported by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.