About

We are a professional, Contemporary Indian American Dance company comprised of women artists of color. We describe ourselves as cultural activists, working through dance and artistic processes to engage audiences, build community, and move towards justice and beauty.

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March 2016 • L-R: Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Leila Awadallah, Chitra Vairavan, Jay Galtney, Hui Wilcox, Prakshi Malik, Ananya Chatterjea, Renée Copeland, Lela Pierce, Alessandra Williams, Kealoha Ferreira

What we do

We intersect Contemporary Indian American Dance with a philosophy of social justice to create original dance theater about the extraordinary work and dreams of women around the world, and to inspire audiences through visual and emotional engagement. Inspired by the commitment and passion of women’s movements globally, our work links women’s stories with movement to invoke broader questions about social justice.

We premiere one new work annually in the Twin Cities, and commission new music for each new work. We offer touring performances, workshops, and dialogues throughout the year. Our work has been presented in 12 other U.S. cities and 11 other countries.

Mission

We create original Contemporary Indian American Dance theater at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice. We envision an ensemble of dancers whose embodied power and beauty create seismic shifts in the ground on which they dance.

Aesthetic

Our artistic work unfolds through Yorchha™, a unique movement aesthetic of Contemporary Indian American Dance, to explore feminine energy and celebrate a feminist aesthetic. This technical base crosses with our foundational philosophy of Shawngram™, or resistance, to create a particular choreographic process and an abstract, metaphoric narrative arc.

We pursue excellence in our artistry to forge pathways that generate forces of strength and beauty, galvanize strong communities, and embody a philosophy of possibility and liberation in a shared humanity. Our work invites audiences to join us and participate in our strategy of #occupydance, the movement of dancing as civic action.

History

Ananya Dance Theatre was founded in 2004 and is celebrating a decade of making “people powered dances of transformation” in 2014. See more