Ananya Dance Theatre’s “Nün Gherāo” at The O’Shaughnessy
October 1 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Nün Gherāo: Surrounded by Salt uses a 1978-79 massacre on the Marichjhapi Island in West Bengal, India, as its point of departure to explore betrayal, dispossession, and exile, and the desperate global resistance against great odds that fuels hope and survival. This work becomes activated through shared breath and rhythms, practices of mourning, overlapping time cycles, ritualized movement, dances of fire and of personal connection that tag different sites of memory through meditations on dancing in salt water, where one’s tears meet the rising and warming oceans of our world.
Choreographed by Ananya Chatterjea and performed by the artists of Ananya Dance Theatre, Nün Gherāo features the work of an exceptional team of collaborators, including sound artist Spirit McIntyre (performing live), stage director Marcus Young, lighting designer Kevin A. Jones, costume designer Annie Cady, scenery designer Chelsea Warren, props designer Kezia Florence, writer Mimi Mondal, and filmmaker Darren Johnson.