Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, September 18, 2012 as she talks with Ananya Chatterjea, a dancer, choreographer, dance scholar, and dance educator, who envisions her work in the field of dance as a “call to action” with a particular focus on women artists of color. She is the Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a company of women artists of color committed to the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice. She is also Director of the Dance Program and tenured Professor in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Ananya Chatterjea is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography in 2011 and a McKnight Artist Fellowship in Choreography in 2012. Trained initially in Indian classical and folk dance traditions, she became known at a young age as a practitioner of the Odissi style of classical dance under the tutelage of her internationally acclaimed guru, Sanjukta Panigrahi. She performed and toured widely with community-based companies and government initiatives.
Chatterjea’s choreography has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Asian Arts Initiative, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight, Jerome, and Bush foundations. Recent engagements include performances at performances and master classes at the Harare International Festival for the Arts, Zimbabwe; dance talks at University of Rome and Kunsthistoriches Institut, Florence; and a performance at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Kolkata, India (2013); Festivale Danca Indiana de America de Sul in Campinas, Brazil; Indigenous Contemporary Dance Festival at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque; and Norwegian Theater Academy, Oslo (2012); and an artist residency and performances at New Waves Institute in Trinidad (2011). Her last work, Moreechika, was remarked upon as “all powerful…Chatterjea's choreography also leaves room for brutal beauty and vulnerability” (Star Tribune, 9/9/12).