Following a successful run of Moreechika Season of Mirage at the Southern Theatre in the fall of 2012, Ananya Dane Theatre will begin creating the fourth and final installment in the quartet on women and violence. The work will premiere in the fall of 2013. This work will be created by award winning choreographer Ananya Chatterjea with collaborator Laurie Carlos, Composer Greg Schutte, and designer Annie Katsura Rollins.
Mohona Estuaries of Desire will examine water and the crisis facing communities as fresh water supplies dwindle. ADT will examine the impact of dwindling resources on communities of color and women throughout the world. ADT will collect stories from community members, activists and other artists working here in Minnesota and around the world on this important issue to tell a powerful story using their signature blend of forceful footwork and evocative movement.
“Mohona will bring together stories of the two mighty rivers, the Ganga and the Mississippi — both sacred, life-giving, and struggling with pollution — suggesting a crossing of women’s journeys with water,” said Ananya Chatterjea.
Leading up to the premiere of Mohona, ADT will collaborate with the locally based Indigenous People’s Task Force to create a performance ahead of the their annual Water Walk. The Water Walk is inspired by Native American elders and their fight for equality and protection of life’s most essential resource: water. The performance will happen in March. Stay connected to the ADT website (ananyadancetheatre.org) for updates on this and the blog for more conversations about Mohona.
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Guest Choreographer at SPCPA
Ananya Chatterjea is one of the guest choreographers at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts J-Term offerings on January 18th at the Ted Mann Concert Hall. For 13 days in January each year academic classes go on hiatus and students are immersed in rehearsals for an arts performance project. The students will get a first hand experience in ADT’s process of dialogue and movement. The performance is open to the public and ticket information can be found at the Ted Mann Concert Hall website.
Moreechika in Zimbabwe
Ananya Dance Theatre will take Moreechika to the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in Zimbabwe. HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop program that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival program of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word, visual arts. Look for more updates on HIFA in the coming months though ADT’s website.
Ananya Dance Theatre is a singular company of women artists, primarily of color, who work at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice. Inspired by the commitment and passion that infuse women’s movements worldwide, the artists in this company create original works that reflect women’s lives, foster strong communities, address social-justice issues, convey power and create beauty. ADT has been lauded around the world for its riveting, emotionally charged and virtuosic dance works.
ADT is also sought after for community-building programs that empower individuals and strengthen underserved groups through movement and creativity. Taken from the Bengali word ananya (na·anya), “like whom there is no other,” ADT is the standard-bearer for dance that articulates ideas and expresses women’s lives to mobilize social change.