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Dancing as Grass/rising relentlessly

November 1, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

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Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award
Co-sponsored with the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Join us on November 1 to honor Professor Ananya Chatterjea, University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance, the 2017 recipient of the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award!

How does dance figure in academia and in community organizing? Can it communicate vital ideas, archive little-known histories, and activate audiences towards subjugated knowledges? This event works through a community-embedded performance (an excerpt from Shyamali, 2017) about women’s stories of dissent to ask these questions and offer embodied research as a vital mode of research that brings experiences of marginalized women to light.

Ananya Chatterjea (2011, Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship; 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellowship; 2016, Joyce Award; 2016, NPN Creation Fund; 2017, NDP Production Grant) makes “People Powered Dances of Transformation” intersecting women artists of color and social justice choreography. She has presented her work at the Crossing Boundaries Festival, Ethiopia (2015), the Harare International Dance Festival, Zimbabwe (2013), the New Waves Institute of Dance and Performance, Trinidad (2012), and other locations. 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 (Palgrave McMillan), exploring the politics of “contemporary dance” from the perspective of artists from global communities of color.