August 20, 2021

Erica Jo Vibar Sherwood

Erica Jo Vibar Sherwood is a queer, mixed Midwest Chicana with several generations of family connections to Mnisota Makoce. A community trained dance artist, Erica Jo’s movement is rooted in the teachings of her former Mexica Danza group, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, the Street and Club dance scene of the Twin Cities, and Yorchha. Her artistry is her healing as it centers stories of solidarity, ancestral

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August 20, 2021

Parisha Rajbhandari

Parisha Rajbhandari (she/her) is a Newari-Nepali dance artist residing in Mni Sota. Parisha explores movement through her Newa identity interconnected with multiple folk-dance traditions in Nepal. She grew up immersed in social dances and continues to participate and learn through the social dance community in the Twin Cities. She received her BA in dance from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2020, and is furthering

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August 20, 2021

Annielille (Ani) Gavino

Annielille Gavino (she/they/siya) is a Filipinx, multidisciplinary movement-based storyteller, dance maker, and cultural worker. Ani uses dance, film, and literature as vessels for inscription, community engagement, resistance, and spiritual journeys. Her work has been supported by The MAP Fund, Leeway Foundation, Scribe Film, National Performance Network, Velocity Fund, Small But Mighty Arts, Painted Bride,

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August 20, 2021

Alexis Araminta Reneé

Alexis Araminta Reneé, affectionately referred to as Aloka, is a multiethnic Black and Brown identified visual artist, scholar, performer, choreographer and conjure woman bridging the divides between community healer, concert dance, theater, and film. Alexis creates interdisciplinary work that centers ritual, healing and social justice as  transformative liberation practices. She has studied, performed, and presented work

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September 11, 2019

Noelle Awadallah

Noelle Awadallah نوال  is a Palestinian-American improviser, performer, and dance maker who resides in Mni Sota. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2018 with a BFA in dance. She joined Ananya Dance Theatre in 2019 and since has been fueled by the company's unwavering dedication to social justice issues and storytelling. Her personal

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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 is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist who makes drawings, graphics, interactive installations, and photographs for digital and physical spaces. She is honored to have worked with organizations that include Ananya Dance Theatre, Indigenous Roots, Brownbody, and Fendika Cultural Center. Laichee is currently a master of architecture student at the University of Minnesota.

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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

Alexandra Eady

Alexandra Eady entered into the space of Ananya Dance Theatre at the age of 16. The company’s commitment to social justice and intentional choreographic creations are what fuel her performance onstage. Alexandra teaches Yorchha workshops and master classes in schools across the Twin Cities metro area as well as nationally and internationally while on tour with the company. In 2020,

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February 20, 2016

Alessandra Lebea Williams

Alessandra Lebea Williams, a dancer-scholar and assistant professor of dance at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, researches choreography, Asian and African American culture, and gender and queer theory. She has been awarded fellowships including the Inclusive Excellence Fellowship (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2018-2019), Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (University of California, Los Angeles 2010–2014),

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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. He is founding artistic director for Don’t You Feel It Too? — an ongoing participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-life liberation.

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September 3, 2014

Kealoha Ferreira

Kealoha Ferreira is a Native Hawaiian, Filipino, and Chinese dance artist from Oʻahu, Hawaii now residing in Mni Sota Makoce. Interweaving the embodied, transnational feminist practices of Yorchhā and Aloha ʻĀina, she creates work that explores relationality, reclamation, and continuum through an

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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. Hui is co-editor,

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August 25, 2014

Ananya Chatterjea

Ananya Chatterjea/ অনন্যা চট্টোপাধ্যায় ‘s work as choreographer, dancer, and thinker brings together Contemporary Dance, social justice choreography, and a commitment to healing justice. She is the creator of ADT’s signature movement vocabulary, Yorchhā, and the primary architect of the

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