April 5, 2023

Ananya Dance Theater will hold an open rehearsal of the company’s new work, “Kshoy!/Decay!” on Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. at Barbara Barker Center for Dance, University of Minnesota, Room 100.

The piece opens the Southern Theater’s 2010/11 Season September 9-11, and launches a new four-part series on violence, trauma, resistance and empowerment experienced by communities of color around the globe. The dancers and founder/artistic director Ananya Chatterjea will be available after the rehearsal to take your comments and questions.

In the world premiere of “Kshoy!/Decay!” the company uses a potent metaphor—mud, as in dirt that sticks to skin—to explore the afterlives of African and Asian women forced to relocate or evacuate from their homelands. Other pieces in the series will use the elements of gold, oil and water as metaphor.

Ananya Dance Theatre explores femininity, power and social-justice issues affecting women through a kinetically dynamic blend of classical Odissi dance, breath-driven yoga movement and the marital-art Chhau, performed by a band of women of color committed to artistic excellence. Performed with ADT’s trademark emotional intensity, physical prowess and resonate storytelling, “Kshoy!/Decay!” is co-directed by founding artistic director Ananya Chatterjea,  lauded by Women’s E News as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,” and OBIE Award-winning theater artist Laurie Carlos.

RSVP to attend the “Kshoy!/Decay!” rehearsal by noon August 3 to: 651-285-2287, [email protected].

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