The East Side Freedom Library, Ananya Dance Theatre, and St. Catherine University Center for Mission invite you to “Women of Color in Solidarity: A Case Study of Dancing/Writing in Ananya Dance Theatre” on Wednesday, December 13, 7pm-8:30pm, East Side Freedom Library.
The conversation will feature Ananya Dance Theatre’s artistic director, Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, and dance artists Dr. Hui Wilcox and Dr. Alessandra Williams.
They will discuss how their company of women of color artists seeks to bring about “solidarity” through dance, community engagement, and an in-progress book project, Meditation on Dream.
Chatterjea (2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship, 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellowship, 2016 Joyce Award) is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and technique. She is the author of Butting Out (2004) and is currently writing her second book to explore politics of “contemporary dance” from the perspective of artists from global communities of color.
Wilcox has been moving and thinking with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2004. She is an Endowed Chair in Women’s Education and Associate Professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies, & Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity at St. Catherine University.
Williams began dancing with Ananya Dance Theatre in “Pipaashaa” (2007). Originally from Minneapolis, she completed her B.A. in American Studies and Theatre and Dance at Macalester and her community organizing earned her the Grassroots Solutions Organizer of the Year Award. Her culture and performance Ph.D. at UCLA focused on feminist, queer theory and Afro-Asian alliances in dance.