Ananya Dance Theatre: Mohona: Estuaries of Desire

“Mohona: Estuaries of Desire” is the final work in Ananya Dance Theatre’s four-year investigation into systemic violence, resistance, and empowerment experienced throughout the world by women of color. Each work has a thematic element that becomes a symbol of both exploitation and hope; mud, gold, and oil for the first three works, and now the life-giving and increasingly scarce resource of water. Throughout “Mahona,” water is both a thirst quenching material and metaphor, signifying flow, femininity, and resistance. ADT’s splendid company consists of 10 women and one man who work intensively with founder Ananya Chatterjea in the technique of contemporary Indian dance called Yorchha and the philosophies of Shawngram (struggle/resistance), Aanch (heat/desire), and Daak (call to action). If all this sounds a little heady, be assured that they dance with mesmerizing commitment and skill. At a recent rehearsal, there were sequences of thrilling rhythmic footwork, lush ebbing and flowing, drama, and yes, even humor. These fiercely committed activists really know how to move. “Mohona” was created by Chatterjea in collaboration with vocalist/composer Mankwe Ndosi and the dancers of ADT, with an original score by Greg Schutte in collaboration with Mankwe Ndosi and Pooja Goswami Pavan. It's a veritable United Nations of artistic prowess.
Sept. 20-21, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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