MINNEAPOLIS — Ananya Dance Theatre is pursuing a range of activities through calendar 2013.
With a mission to create and present dance theater works that emerge from and exist at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice, the Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Theatre pursues excellence in artistry. Its goal is to forge pathways that generate forces of strength and beauty, galvanize strong communities, and embody a philosophy of possibility and liberation in a shared humanity.
Mississippi River Water Walk
In March, Ananya Dance Theatre will welcome hundreds of indigenous women and men to the Twin Cities for the Annual Mississippi River Water Walk with activist Sharon Day.
Day will be carrying water from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico in a walking journey that will interact with organizations along the way. The walkers will leave Lake Itasca State Park on March 8th. ADT dancers will welcome walkers with a performance around the 14th or 15th of March.
“ADT dancers are preparing to support the Mississippi River Walk through our breath, movement, and rhythm,” said Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea. “This is the kind of community engagement that ADT stands for.”
Mohona: Estuaries of Desire
Ananya Dance Theatre will present “Mohona: Estuaries of Desire” as part of The O’Shaughnessy Women of Substance Series, Sept. 20-21, 2013. The work completes the company’s quartet of full-length works over four years focusing on women and systemic violence. “Mohona” is inspired by the impact that the allocation of dwindling water resources has on communities throughout the world. The previous three works drew their themes from oil, gold, and land. The September performances will mark the company’s first in St. Paul.
Chatterjea was honored with the College of Liberal Arts scholarship to acknowledge outstanding achievement by faculty. Chatterjea was selected on the basis of her past accomplishments and contributions in the areas of scholarship/creative activity, teaching, service, and the promise of further achievement.
More information can be found at http://cla.umn.edu/intranet/faculty/scholar.php.
A recent grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Cultural Community Partnership, will allow ADT to work in depth with vocal artist, Mankwe Ndosi and will result in a music collaboration to assist in the soundscape for Mohona: Estuaries of Desire.
The Cultural Community Partnership grant is designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Ndosi has been working in the Twin Cities and Chicago for more than 15 years as a music maker, performer, educator, and culture weaver focused on sound, story, and expanding the vocabulary of singing. She seeks to infuse creative practice back into the worlds of healing, sustainable economic development, education, and new village community building.