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Ananya Dance Theatre—Shyamali

Sprouting Words

Friday, March 2, 8:00 p.m.

About the Program

Don’t miss this rare LA appearance of Ananya Dance Theatre! Featuring Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, the company’s founder and choreographer, and performers who together speak thirteen languages, Shyamali (which means “dark green” in Bengali and evokes the resilience of grass to spring up when trodden upon) was created using story circles with women from communities of color. 

In the three-act contemporary dance piece, Chatterjea showcases the style of movement she originated called Yorchha™—a fusion of three Indian movement disciplines, yoga, Odissi, and Chhau. According to Minnesota’s Star Tribune, the result is “a soaring tribute to the global community of women who challenge oppression, often at great risk to their bodies and souls.”

More to Explore

Watch an excerpt from Shyamali: Sprouting Words.


The presentation of Ananya Dance Theatre—Shyamali: Sprouting Words was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN). For more information, visit