Choreographer and dancer Ananya Chatterjea brings together contemporary Indian dance, social justice choreography, and a philosophy of #occupydance, filling dance with unlikely bodies in unlikely spaces. She is Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a Twin Cities-based professional dance company of women artists of color. She will be staging a performance of a new dance work from her series “Work Women Do,” which aims to elevate vital stories of women from local and global communities of color, often from the margins of societies, laboring in multiple and often invisible ways to keep their communities moving toward healing and vibrancy. The production and dance troupe will come to Philadelphia to engage with K-12 teachers and to reach out to young people to be in discussion during workshops that will lead to a dance production specific to Philadelphia. With the rise in hate crimes and misunderstandings between racial divides, the workshops will engage dancers and non-dancers to talk about how women use the process of non-verbal communication and how to express oneself, break assumptions and stereotypes, inviting all constituencies to come together to be an accomplice in the safety of others through this process.
Showtimes at Painted Bride Art Center
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8 pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8 pm