Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer. Since 2004. Leader, Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice since 2018.
Ananya Chatterjea অনন্যা চট্টোপাধ্যায়, is a 2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow, a 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellow, a 2016, Joyce Award recipient, a 2018 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, and a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. Her last work, Shātrangā: Women Weaving Worlds, has toured to the Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival (Palestine), Aavejak Avaaz Festival (Delhi), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond), Dance Place (Washington DC), Rutgers University (New Brunswick), Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh). Other touring experiences include Crossing Boundaries Festival, Addis Ababa, (2015), Harare International Dance Festival, Zimbabwe (2013), New Waves Institute of Dance and Performance, Trinidad (2012), and other national and international venues. Ananya is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and technique. She is currently writing her second book, Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies, under contract with Palgrave McMillan, re-framing understandings of Contemporary Dance from the perspective of dance-makers from global south locations. Ananya is grateful to all the artists she works with for their light and is particularly thankful for her family for their support.