Ananya Dance Theatre
July 12, 2023

A leading contemporary dance company in the global arts and social justice movement, Ananya Dance Theatre is composed of cultural activists and BIPOC women, womxn, and femme artists who believe in the transformative power of dance. Their artistic work unfolds through Yorchhā™, a unique movement aesthetic of contemporary dance that draws on traditional Odissi, the martial art Chhau, and Vinyāsa Yoga, and a social justice choreographic methodology, to celebrate a transnational feminist practice. In dancing stories where the lives and dreams of typically marginalized communities occupy the center, they build understanding about arts and social justice and empower artistic voices. At Jacob’s Pillow, the company performed the work Nün Gherāo: Surrounded by Salt, a historical and political work developed in a Pillow Lab residency about the 1978-79 massacre on the Marichjhapi Island in West Bengal, India. The work encompasses the spirit of unwavering resistance, tremendous love, and promise of transformation, together.

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