Mohona: Estuaries of Desire, 2013

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Ananya Dance Theatre is a professional company of primarily women artists of color. We are fierce optimists who believe that creating with intention can make a difference in the world. Our socially engaged artistic process builds community and nurtures leadership in cultural activism. This community includes our dancers, artistic collaborators, staff, board members, social justice collaborators, and audiences.

We imagine our community in terms of three concentric, overlapping circles. In the innermost circle are the artists of Ananya Dance Theatre, women from global communities of color, working in the Twin Cities with the belief that their artistic practices are important forces of healing, joy, beauty, and community. The next circle includes our staff and board and all our families, who keep the company going and whose advocacy is crucial to our growth. The outermost circle embraces participants in community workshops, audiences, and communicators via social media.

 

Our people: Artists

Our performers take pride in their identity as both committed professional dancers and cultural activists. We believe in and practice the immediate association of the aesthetic and the political.

We believe that the powerful dancing of women of color, arising from our rage, joy, struggles, and aspirations, prepares for groundbreaking shifts towards justice in our communities. Dancing toward excellence and justice means conjuring and manifesting an-other reality where marginalized communities and different notions of beauty and power are activated, transformative possibilities are embodied, and shifts in paradigms of power can occur.

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Nash Gallery Performance

Performing at the “Flotilla for Peace” installation, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. July 11, 2013.

Ananya Dance Theatre acknowledges with gratitude the numerous contributions of time, creativity, consultation, and resources provided since 2005 by the following individuals in the areas of artistry, administration, production, and governance.

  • Yasmin Abdi
  • Ta-coumba Aiken
  • Elizabeth McDermott Altheimer
  • Arunima Shiney Ajay
  • Lisa Albrecht
  • Louis Alemayehu
  • Murad Ali
  • Emily Anderson
  • Sherie Apungu
  • Dora Arreola
  • Jen Aubrecht
  • Janice Badmoccasin
  • Kate Barr
  • Jeff Bartlett
  • MacKenzie Beck-Esmay
  • Sarah Beck-Esmay
  • Jack Becker
  • Wachen Bedell Anderson
  • Rose Brewer
  • Sharon Bridgforth
  • Jessica Briggs
  • Chastity Brown
  • Justin Burke
  • Malia Burkhart
  • Sharon Rodning Bash
  • Annie Cady
  • Kenna Camara-Cottman
  • Laurie Carlos
  • Raj Chaphalkar
  • Sue Charles
  • Srija Chatterjea-Sen
  • Ming Jen Chen
  • Jesse Cogswell
  • Cherry Spoon Collective
  • Mary Ellen Childs
  • Holo Lue Choy
  • Justin Christy
  • Rep. Karen Clark
  • Bill Cleveland
  • Michelle Coe
  • Jesse Cogswell
  • Tameka Colbert
  • Common Harvest Farm
  • Connie Copeland
  • Michala Cornell
  • Sianneh Corvah
  • Anitra Cottledge
  • Beverly Cottman
  • Anthony Courtright
  • Kevin Curley
  • Shamita Das Dasgupta
  • James Davies
  • Dorene Day
  • Sharon Day
  • Barak adé Soleil
  • Thomas DeFrantz
  • Brennon Denfer
  • Jigna Desai
  • Steve Dietz
  • Sally Dischinger
  • Toan Doan
  • Jean Ann Durades
  • Alexandra Eady
  • Hammad El-Bedour
  • Jessica Elhert
  • Lisa Ellis
  • Linnae Enockson
  • Heid Erdrich
  • James Galtney
  • Grace Gathaara
  • Julia Gay
  • Shannon Gibney
  • Marlina Gonzalez
  • Brenda Dixon Gottschild
  • Dan Guenthner
  • Shalini Gupta
  • Nanette Hanks
  • Mary Harding
  • Christina Harstad
  • Katie Haynes
  • Denise Hedberg
  • Anne Henly
  • Timothy Herian
  • Allison Herrera
  • Sophia Hill
  • Alison Hiltner
  • Jody Hodgson
  • Camille Horstmann
  • Rose Huey
  • Anne Hunter
  • Orlando Z. Hunter
  • Yan Huss
  • Tawny Hyster
  • Odion-Victoria Igbavboa
  • Indigenous Peoples Task Force
  • Lori L. Jacobwith
  • Iryna Podolyan
  • Yonci Jameson
  • Nora Jenneman
  • Andrew Jerabek
  • Darren Johnson
  • Kevin A. Jones
  • Seitu Jones
  • Randy Karels
  • Gulgun Kayim
  • Angela Keeton
  • Michal A. Kobialka
  • Jitendrapal Kundan
  • Simran Kundan
  • Chrys Carroll Laramy
  • Diyah Larasati
  • Camille LeFevre
  • Sophie Liu
  • Prakshi Malik
  • Josina Manu Maltzman
  • John Marks
  • Dr. Cecilia Martinez
  • Kate Martinson
  • Danielle Mkali
  • Kari Mosel
  • Ayanna Muata
  • Shubha Mudgal
  • Dipankar Mukherjee
  • Zainab Musa
  • Meena Natarajan
  • Sachiko Nishiuchi
  • Lisa Park
  • Margaret Pennings
  • Felicia Perry
  • Takawi Audam Peters
  • Lela Pierce
  • Toni Pierce-Sands
  • Chris Powell
  • Aneesh Pradhan
  • Anne Jin Soo Preston
  • Brent Thomas Radeke
  • Brittany Radke
  • Rex Rajavairan
  • Pratap Rath
  • Pearl Ray
  • Refugee and Immigrant Women for Change
  • Marcie Rendon
  • Andrea Reynolds
  • Annie Katsura Rollins
  • Aaron Rosenblum
  • Joel Saas
  • Eleanor Savage
  • Ashwani Shankar
  • Vidhya Shankar
  • Collin Sherraden
  • Mika Shiozawa
  • Kimberly Simon
  • Jerie Smith
  • Mona Smith
  • Michele Steinwald
  • Stefania Strowder
  • Jasmine Kar Tang
  • Omise´eke Natasha Tinsley
  • Deb Torraine
  • Mette Towley
  • Amy Ha Truong
  • Anne Ulseth
  • Chitra Vairavan
  • Jonathan “AJ” van Arneman
  • Nakita Vang
  • Pramila Vasudevan
  • Laura Selle Virtucio
  • V. Paul Virtucio
  • Saymoukda Vongsay
  • Cetanskan Wacinwin
  • Kaylen Walters
  • Mike Wangen
  • Stephanie Watts
  • Claire Wilcox
  • Lynn Wilcox
  • Alessandra Lebea Williams
  • Lori Young Williams
  • Diane Wilson
  • Negest Woldeamanuale
  • Women’s Environmental Institute
  • Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment
  • Clara Wong
  • Kayva Yang
  • Magnolia Yang Sao Yia