June 30, 2016

NBC News highlights Ananya Dance Theatre's fundraising campaign

NBC News has highlighted Ananya Dance Theatre’s “Dancing to Heal” fundraising campaign in a news report, ‘Dances of Transformation’: Ananya Dance Theatre Finds Justice Through Movement, by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang posted July 20.

Ananya Dance Theatre launched the crowdsource campaign on the Indiegogo platform to support “Horidraa: Golden Healing,” its 2016 production that explores healing practices and women’s work as healers. The production will premiere at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, September 16-17, 2016.

The campaign has a goal of $10,000. Follow this link to learn more and to donate.

The campaign launched with a fundraising party attended by more than 130 people at Du Nord Craft Spirits in Minneapolis, June 28. In its first 36 hours, the campaign raised $4,885 in online donations. As of July 29, $8,500 has been raised online from 158 donors.

[Original post was updated July 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29, 2016.]

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May 22, 2016

Ananya Dance Theatre at Hindu Society of Minnesota 10th anniversary

Members of Ananya Dance Theatre performed Odissi dance in a contemporary format at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove, May 21. The presentation was made on the second day of Brahmotsavan at the invitation of the Hindu Society of Minnesota for its 10th anniversary.

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Ananya Dance Theatre at Hindu Temple of Minnesota, May 21, 2016. Photo by Prabha Venkataram

Hindu Society

l-r: Lela Pierce, Prakshi Malik, Renée Copeland, Ananya Chatterjea, James Galtney, Kealoha Ferreira. May 21, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2016

Ananya Dance Theatre performs at Fitzgerald Theater for MPR 'Art Hounds Live'

At the invitation of Marianne Combs and MPR News, Ananya Dance Theatre shared The Fitzgerald Theater stage in Saint Paul with Minnesota Artists from Duluth to Lanesboro, May 20, 2016.

Backstage at Fitzgerald

ADT backstage at The Fitzgerald Theater. Back l-r: Prakshi Malik, Renée Copeland, Gary Peterson (managing director); Center l-r: Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Kealoha Ferreira, Jay Galtney, Leila Awadallah; Front l-r: Hui Wilcox, Ananya Chatterjea.

The occasion, hosted by Combs, was an Art Hounds Live showcase in a cabaret style performance featuring live music, dance, theater, comedy, film, visual art, and animation. The event was also a “Thank You” to the hundreds of Minnesotans who have been Art Hounds over the years, volunteering their time to share their enthusiasm with MPR audiences.

 

 

May 10, 2016

Choreographing Equity/Staging Social Justice

Ananya Choreo Equity 6 copy

Choreographing Equity / Staging Social Justice

Ananya Chatterjea conducted a “Choreographing Equity/Staging Social Justice” workshop at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, May 10, 2016. The workshop was conducted for Arts in a Changing America, part of the four-day Placemaking Residency: Design for Equity, held at a variety of Twin Cities venues and organized by the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation.

The participatory workshop used movement and text-based strategies to imagine and embody what justice might look and feel like.

 

May 1, 2016

Ananya Dance Theatre dances May Day Parade route in Minneapolis

ADT pre parade Photo by Gary Peterson

Pre-parade gathering, May 1, 2016. Photo by Gary Peterson

For a second consecutive year, members of Ananya Dance Theatre danced the length of the annual May Day Parade in South Minneapolis, May 1, 2016. The parade is organized and sponsored by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

This year, the ADT dancers were joined by 33 members of the Jumping Jets Drill Team & Drum Squad, based in Saint Paul.

 

Jets and ADT 3 Photo by Almeda Harvey Childs

Jumping Jets Drill Team & Drum Squad. Photo by Almeda Harvey Childs

The May Day Parade route follows Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis and is followed by a festival in Powderhorn Park. Approximately 50,000 people attend the parade and festival.

 

April 15, 2016

"Best choreographer: Ananya Chatterjea" Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/best-of-minnesota-2016-arts/373102581/

April 14, 2016

Engaging with Leadership Twin Cities

Performing for Leadership Twin Cities in The Ordway's Drake Room.

Performing for Leadership Twin Cities in The Ordway’s Drake Room.

Members of Ananya Dance Theatre performed for the Leadership Twin Cities annual Arts Day, held at The Ordway Center in St. Paul, April 14.

Leadership Twin Cities is a nine-month series that informs people about the critical issues facing our community. Its focus is to inform and inspire future leaders – and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement.

"Warming up" in St. Paul's Rice Park, across the street from The Ordway Center.

“Warming up” in St. Paul’s Rice Park, across the street from The Ordway Center.

The program is for individuals seeking to learn about community issues and to discuss solutions to the problems. The program selects approximately 50 people each year from the public, private and non-profit sectors who share a commitment to improving our community.

Leadership Twin Cities also creates opportunities for participants to form relationships with classmates, making it a lasting experience.

 

April 7, 2016

Video Documentary: Crossing Boundaries Festival & Conference in Ethiopia [22:38]

Ananya Dance Theatre participated in the first Crossing Boundaries Festival and Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in September 2015. The company presented the keynote performance, “Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine.”

The Ethiopian Theater Professionals Association, organizers of the festival, created a video documentary of the four days of activity, September 24-27. Other organizers included the Addis Ababa University College of Performing & Visual Arts, Ethiopian National Theatre, Sundance Institute East African Theater Program Ethiopian Alumni, and Performance Studies International.

Artists from 11 countries attended Crossing Boundaries: Tanzania, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, United States, Burundi, Ethiopia, Israel, Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan.

March 30, 2016

A day of cultural activism in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Members of Ananya Dance Theatre performed at Saint Paul College, part of a day-long rally against violence, March 30. The day was sponsored by Mending the Sacred Hoop, Men as Peacemakers, Minnesota Alliance on Crime, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.

ADT at St. Paul College by J Davies

ADT at Saint Paul College. March 30, 2016. Photo by James Davies

Oncoming march by G Peterson

Marchers from Saint Paul College to the Capitol Lower Mall, St. Paul MN, part of a day-long rally against violence. March 30, 2016. Photo by Gary Peterson

Ananya Speaking by J Davies

Ananya Chatterjea speaks against violence. The Capitol Lower Mall, St. Paul. At far left: MC Patti Larsen, Mending the Sacred Hoop, Duluth MN. March 30, 2016. Photo by James Davies

Woman with sign by J Davies

The Capitol Lower Mall, St. Paul. March 30, 2016. Photo by James Davies

Drum Circle by A Chatterjea

Rally ended with a Round Dance, sponsored by Native Lives Matter. March 30, 2016. Photo by Ananya Chatterjea

March 15, 2016

Summer Intensive with Ananya Dance Theatre, Black Label Movement, and Shapiro & Smith Dance

The University of Minnesota Dance Program presents a three-week Summer Dance Intensive, June 20-July 9, 2016.

This intensive offers a first ever experience for its participants: one week each with Twin Cities dance companies Ananya Dance Theatre, Black Label Movement, and Shapiro & Smith Dance, and their respective artistic leaders, Ananya Chatterjea, Carl Flink, and Joanie Smith. Each company will tailor its residency week to the unique qualities and aesthetics of each organization.

There are two sections for the intensive, SYMBIOSIS: Dance That Moves & Thinks:  Section 1 (2 credits) is for University of Minnesota dance majors and will provide 1 performance credit toward their degree. Section 2 is open to anyone 16 years of age and older, no audition required.

Ananya Dance Theatre: June 20-24, Monday-Friday

TAD-Ananya Flow from a yogic half-moon balance into flexed feet grounded jumps into footwork marked by asymmetric rhythms. Experience Yorchha™, ADT’s unique contemporary Indian dance technique that brings together movement principles from Odissi, the classical Indian dance technique, Chhau, the East Indian martial art, and Vinyasa yoga. ADT artists will lead participants through a rigorous technique class (9:30am-11am), share the company’s choreographic process that intersects dance with social justice goals, and teach sections from ADT’s repertory (11:15am-1pm). There will be an informal showing on Friday June 24, 1pm.

Black Label Movement: June 27-July 1, Monday-Friday

TAD-BLMLearn and move with BLM Artistic Directors Carl Flink and Emilie Plauche Flink and their ballistic movers during a rigorous daily schedule that will challenge your physical and creative limits. Each day begins with a contemporary movement technique class, followed by a short partnering laboratory, and ends with a focused, two-hour repertory rehearsal. Flink will give a presentation on his dynamic collaborations with scientists and creation of TED Talks during the week.

Schedule for the BLM week: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Technique; 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Partnering Laboratory; 11:15 – 1 p.m. BLM Repertory; June 29 at 1 p.m. BLM Presentation on Bodystorming and Unique Collaborations with Scientists; July 1 at 1 p.m. public repertory showing.

Shapiro & Smith Dance: July 5-9, Tuesday – Saturday

TAD-ShapiroShapiro & Smith Dance performs tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. Dancing with breathtaking physicality and emotional depth, SSD has earned an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment. Classes in contemporary technique and repertory will be led by Laura Selle Virtucio, Scott Mettille, and Joanie Smith. The intensive week will re-stage “Hands,” a work that examines the power and beauty of people’s hands.

Schedule for the SSD week: 9:30am-10:30am Contemporary Technique; 10:30am-1:00pm SSD Repertory; July 9 at 12pm public showing.

 

 

Tuition, registration, and housing information: https://theatre.umn.edu/dance/summer; 612.624.5060; umndance@umn.edu.