Ananya Chatterjea awarded Guggenheim fellowship

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Ananya Dance Theatre performing Kshoy!

The founder of Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT), has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography. The fellowship includes a cash award somewhere between $40-50,000 (while Chatterjea has been listed on the foundation’s website, she has yet to hear from them directly).

According to the foundation’s website – when it was up and running – “The Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

ADT is known for its use of dance as a means to talk about issues involving women and the environment, and for working with communities and activists.

A press release from the dance company states that Chatterjea will “celebrate the Fellowship” during an ADT Fundraiser on Monday, April 11 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

During the fundraiser, the company will perform an excerpt from the new work “Tushaanal: Fires of Dry Grass,” the second piece in a four-year anti-violence project exploring the experiences of women of color across the globe. The piece premieres at the Southern Theater in September.

Chatterjea has been singled out by Ms. Magazine as one of the “choreographers who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a woman and a dancer.”

Interested in learning more about Chatterjea’s choreography? You can read past MPR stories about her performances Pipaasha, Daak, Ashesh Barsha, and Kshoy!

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