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PREVIEW: Ananya Dance Theatre’s Annual Dance Showcase (The O’Shaughnessy)

Ananya Dance Theatre. Photo by V. Paul Virtucio.

This month, Ananya Dance Theatre closes out its 5-part series Work Women Do with the world premiere of Shaatranga at The O’Shaughnessy. This final chapter, whose name in Bangla translates as “Seven Colors”, will be performed Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 – both performances at 7:30 PM.

Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Theatre is a critically acclaimed dance company headed by Ananya Chatterjea. Chatterjea, a Professor of Dance in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Theater Arts & Dance, is the organization’s founding artistic director as well as a frequent choreographer and performer. ADT presents contemporary Indian dance with a foreground emphasis on social justice, and has toured in 12 countries while racking up critical acclaim.

September’s performances are 90-minute dance concerts presented without intermission. As usual, the concerts at St. Catherine Univeristy in St. Paul feature the premieres of newly commissioned works by ADT, which will be added to the Ananya Dance Theatre’s touring showcase. The critically acclaimed company received a $100,000 operational support grant from the McKnight Foundation last spring.

Dancer Julia Gay. Photo by V. Paul Virtucio.
Dancer Kealoha Ferreira with dancer-choreographer-artistic director Ananya Chatterjea. Photo by V. Paul Virtucio.

Ananya Dance Theatre presents Work Women Do Sept. 21-22 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

Twin Cities Arts Reader