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For 15 years, Ananya Dance Theatre has combined the metaphor and poetry of contemporary Indian choreography with a philosophy of social justice to tell stories about women's lives and dreams in a global context. Please help us do it again!

We believe in the transformative power of dance, and create original, contemporary dance theater at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice.

In 2020, Ananya Chatterjea, Ananya Dance Theatre, and their team of collaborators will create Āgun for premiere at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, in September.


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Historic journeys laden with hope, heart-break, and pain spark Āgun: stories of families torn apart, women assaulted and abandoned, and children tortured and lost during the 150-mile forced march of Dakota people in 1862; the partition of India in 1947; and  the current crisis around immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ultimately, Āgun becomes a meditation on footwork, migrations, and home through the contact of dancers’ feet with the floor and our ability to share rhythm and movement.

As we begin the new artistic journey that is Āgun, we invite your financial support for “work that captures the times while centering women warriors” – in the words of a 2019 audience member.

Two easy ways to donate!

(1) Click on the “donate now” image above.

(2) Mail a check to Ananya Dance Theatre, P. O. Box 2427, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Thank you!

We acknowledge with thanks the support of the following institutions:

Ford Foundation | National Endowment for the Arts | McKnight Foundation | MAP Fund | Minnesota State Arts Board | Metro Regional Arts Council | Saint Paul Foundation | Marbrook Foundation | Mardag Foundation | F. R. Bigelow Foundation | The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation | Imagine Fund | Headwaters Foundation | Minnesota Humanities Center | Dance/USA Engaging Dance Audiences | National Performance Network Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, in partnership with the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, UtahPresents, Salt Lake City UT, and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency) | New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Seward Community Co-op | The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Rehabilitation Program