Commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater and national partners, Ananya Dance Theater’s newest work takes its name from the Bengali word for “dark green,” and draws inspiration from the force that springs trodden grass back to life. In Shyamali: Sprouting Words, choreographer Ananya Chatterjea recognizes proactive dissent as a fuel for growth, and celebrates the courage of women who refuse to be broken, women who speak up, talk back, embody dissent and sustain their communities against injustice.
Chatterjea employs her expansive approach to contemporary Indian dance to powerfully express urgent issues of resistance and resilience. The company makes distinct use of rasa—the emotional expressivity of classical Indian dance—to invoke the aesthetic of the Dakini, a wrathful female spirit in Tantric Hinduism. Forged with fast, furious dancing that echoes histories of devastation and depletion, Shyamali journeys forward, into realms of rebirth, sustaining breath, and fluid, harmonious movement.
PLUS: Artist dinner, master class and artist luncheon, artSEEDs youth program and Q&A
“Shyamali: Sprouting Words” is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation and Development Fund Project co-commissioned by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, in partnership with the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, HI, the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, and NPN. The Creation and 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). For more information: www.npnweb.org.
“Shyamali: Sprouting Words” was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“Shyamali: Sprouting Words” is supported by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Imagine Fund, and The O’Shaughnessy. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Presented with generous support from contributors to Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s The World Stage Fund matched by the Benter Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and from the National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund. For more information visit npnweb.org.