Ananya Dance Theatre’s new, evening-length work, draws on the strategic interruptions created by the Uprising that followed the murder of George Floyd to ask: how can we create a more just world? Building on years of rigorous choreographic investigation, Ananya Chatterjea crafts a work that embodies the complex energies of disruption: rage, confusion, connection, joy, solidarity, and the strength and beauty of mutual liberation.
The powerful BIPOC women and femme dancers of ADT offer an invigorating dance work, vibrating with hard-won connection and soulful beauty. They are joined in live performance by local music artists Douglas R. Ewart, Michelle Kinney, and Tarek Abdelquader, and acclaimed poet Douglas Kearney.
stage director Marcus Young
composer/sound designer Greg Schutte
costume designer Annie Cady
scenic designer Laichee Yang
filmmaker Darren Johnson
lighting designer Kevin Jones
Created through a long process that included public processions with wide cross-sections of our communities, who occupied public spaces and lifted up issues of intersectional justice, the performance of Micchil Amra marks the culmination of our shared hopes, dreams, and organizing labor.
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Creation, development, and production of Michhil Amra |We Are The Procession is supported by an Art American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Regional Cultural Treasures Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, the Ford Foundation; the McKnight Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Constellations Culture Change Fund of the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation. Ananya Dance Theatre is funded in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metro Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the States’s general fund. Thank you to our many individual contributors, who have powered our dancing since 2005. Ananya Dance Theatre is part of the 23/24 Pilot Year of The O’Shaughnessy Dance Cohort.