Ananya Dance Michael Slobodian


Ananya Dance Theatre: Sutrajal - Revelations of Gossamer

Daily from Sept. 20-21
7:30 p.m.

Ananya Chatterjea views dancing as civic action. Her company, Ananya Dance Theatre, employs a unique movement aesthetic that draws on the classical Indian dance form Odissi, the martial art Chhau, and Vinyasa yoga. Over the past 15 years, ADT has promoted a vision of resistance and empowerment for women of color. A recent rehearsal for Sutrajaal: Revelations of Gossamer, which premieres at the O’Shaughnessy this week, revealed the bare bones of a multilayered work touching on everything from broken cities to the decimation of the Amazon rainforest. The production values and live musicians were not present, but the combination of fierce attack, nuanced rhythms and phrasing, sensuous plasticity, and utter commitment by ADT’s dancers transformed a modest studio into a world on fire. The final production will include live music by Tish Jones and Douglas Ewart. Political dance theater has been around for a long time, but it is seldom delivered with ADT’s level of commitment and charisma.