September 11, 2019

Noelle Awadallah

Noelle Awadallah is a Palestinian American improviser, performer, maker, and teacher who recently moved from Chicago to the Twin Cities. Throughout her journey she has worked with Dakot-ta Alcantara Camacho, Emma Draves, Jennifer Glawes, Jack Gray, and joined Ananya Dance Theatre as an apprentice in 2019. Coming into the ADT community has been a blessing and a cleansing. She is honored to

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August 12, 2019

Nakita Kirchner

Nakita Kirchner is a Lebanese performer in diaspora. She is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Minor in Arabic Languages and Literatures and Minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She is a certified tutor in English as a Second Language, and held a teaching internship at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning in

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August 12, 2019

Fei Bi Chan

Fei Bi Chan 陈菲碧, originally from Subang Jaya, Malaysia, migrated to Mnisota in 2017 to complete her undergraduate education. Upon receiving her BA in Psychology and Dance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Summer 2019, Fei Bi is humbled and grateful to be a first-generation college graduate. Looking forward, Fei Bi hopes to integrate her passion in social psychology, with a focus of

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July 18, 2019

Orlando Hunter

Orlando Hunter is a choreographer who researches, illustrates and creates from an African-American male perspective. In his work he tackles issues resulting from a capitalistic imperialist patriarchal white supremacist system. Hunter grew up dancing hip-hop and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of Minnesota, where he performed works by Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Carl Flink, Louis Falco,

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July 19, 2018

Laichee Yang

Laichee Yang received a BFA degree in Fine/Studio Arts with a minor in Design at the University of Minnesota. Focused on graphic design, web development, and communications, Laichee has worked for organizations that include Ananya Dance Theatre, Indigenous Roots, Saint Paul Public Schools Department of Equity, Z-Puppets Rosenthal, and Free Arts Minnesota. A resident of St. Paul,

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August 26, 2017

Lizzette Chapa

Lizzette Chapa is a Mexican-American dancer and choreographer originally from The Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Dance. During her time at UT, she performed works by Rennie Harris, Sidra Bell, and more. She moved to Minnesota in 2017, and is honored to share the stage with the other Ananya Dance Theatre members.

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April 16, 2017

Julia Gay

Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, playwright and stand-up comedian. She is a Chinese adoptee who writes and creates to bridge the vastness between memory, heart and home. Julia completed her B.A. at Macalester College and was the recipient of The Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship. She has been a dancer with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2016, training, performing and touring nationally and

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April 16, 2017

Alexandra Eady

Alexandra Eady entered into the space of Ananya Dance Theatre at the age of 16. ADT’s commitment to social justice and intentional choreographic creations is what fuels her performance onstage. Alexandra teaches Yorchha workshops and master classes locally, in schools across the twin cities metro area. As well as nationally, and internationally while on tour with the company. She is

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April 15, 2017

Toan Thanh Doan

Toan Thanh Doan finds dance at the convergence of community, social justice, and feminist queer world-making. As a performer, he has worked with choreographers Ananya Chatterjea, Patricia Brown, and Wynn Fricke. In 2019, Toan's solo "We Were Born Soft" was chosen to perform at the Gala concert of American College Dance Association's North-Central Regional Conference. He recently graduated

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February 20, 2016

Alessandra Lebea Williams

Alessandra Williams has performed in seven Ananya Dance Theatre company productions. She is assistant professor of dance at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and researches dance, Asian and African American culture, feminist and queer of color theory. Last year, she completed an Inclusive Excellence Fellowship (2018-2019) at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow,

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March 8, 2015

Marcus Young

Marcus Young 楊墨 is a behavioral and social practice artist making work for the stage, museums, and the public realm. He is a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations, and he received the 2016 Forecast Public Art Mid-Career Grant, given to one artist a year. He is the founding artist for Don’t You Feel It Too?—an ongoing participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-

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September 3, 2014

Kealoha Alex Ferreira

Kealoha Ferreira is an AAPI dance artist of Native Hawaiian and Filipino, Chinese ancestry, from Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to Mnisota in 2011 and began working with Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT) in 2013. Her love for the company and its contemporary technique, Yorchha, took hold while she was a dance major at the University of

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August 25, 2014

Renée Copeland

Renée Copeland has performed with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2010, is co-founder of dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, and a founding member of breakin’-based dance company BRKFST. She is also a poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and a recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers 2018. She is honored to live and work in relationship to the land of

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August 25, 2014

Hui Nui Wilcox

Hui Niu Wilcox, Ph.D., has been moving and thinking with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2004. She is a Professor and Chair of Sociology at St. Catherine University. She also teaches in Women’s Studies and Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity. Hui is grateful for the privilege of engaging in activism through dance, and for the loving support of her family and friends, especially Elliot, Claire, and Lynn.

August 25, 2014

Ananya Chatterjea

Ananya Chatterjea, is a 2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow, 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellow, 2016 Joyce Award recipient, 2019-2020 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellow, and 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. Ananya is committed to intersecting contemporary dance-making and

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