Dance spotlight: Ananya Dance Theatre

  • Article by: CAROLINE PALMER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2011 - 12:07 AM
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"Tushaanal" by Ananya Dance Theatre

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Ananya Dance Theatre, led by 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Ananya Chatterjea, boldly tackles issues affecting women of color worldwide. "Tushaanal: Fires of Dry Grass" is the second work in a four-part series spanning the journey from harm to empowerment. "Tushaanal" focuses on gold and its many contradictions. At once treasured for its enduring value and beauty, gold also has a dark side connected to human-rights abuses such as dowry deaths in South Asia and dangerous mining cultures in South Africa. Expect fierce dancing shaped by the Indian form Odissi, yoga and the Indian martial-arts tradition Chhau. The work is co-directed by choreographer Chatterjea and theater artist Laurie Carlos with a musical score by Michelle Kinney, Pooja Goswami, Mankwe Ndosi and Greg Schutte.
  • TUSHAANAL: FIRES OF DRY GRASS

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thu. 9/8, 8 p.m. Fri. 9/9, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. 9/10, 7 p.m. Sun. 9/11.

    Where: Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S. Mpls

    Tickets: $22. brownpapertickets.com

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