Dr Ananya Chatterjea

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Ananya Chatterjea (2011, Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship, 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellowship, 2016, Joyce Award, 2018 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow; 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow), Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a Twin Cities-based professional dance company of women artists of color, makes “People Powered Dances of Transformation” intersecting contemporary dance-making and social justice choreography. Her latest work, Sh?trang?/Women Weaving Worlds, was described as characterized by “dynamite dancing… raw power and force” and her choreographic craft was applauded for “drumming up compelling images” (Star Tribune, 9/24/2018), “this company, this work, must be seen” (RV Art Review, 10/28/2018). She has toured her work to the Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival, Palestine (2018), Aavejak Avaaz Festival, Delhi (2018), Crossing Boundaries Festival, Addis Ababa, (2015), Harare International Dance Festival, Zimbabwe (2013), New Waves Institute of Dance and Performance, Trinidad (2012), and other national and international locations. She is currently creating a new work with the support of a MapFund award, exploring global connectivities.

Ananya is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and technique. She has presented the keynote talk at the joint conference of Congress of Research in Dance and Society of Dance History Scholars (2016) and was a keynote speaker in the inaugural panel of the Dance/NYC conference (2019). She is currently writing her second book, Heat & Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies, under contract with Palgrave McMillan, re-framing understandings of Contemporary Dance from the perspective of dance-makers from global south locations.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae


  • Aesthetics
  • Movement
  • Women's Studies
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Politics of Cultural Production
  • Performance in Global Contexts
  • Theorizing Dancing Bodies
  • Choreography and Social Justice
  • Contemporary Dance of Asia and Africa
Courses Taught
  • DNCE 3402 - Dance History 2
  • DNCE 5493 Corporealities, Movement, and Social Justice: Staging "Equitable" Choreographies
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Production Committee, Dance Department, Temple University, PA: 1992 - 1994
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, Women's Studies Program, Temple University, PA: 1996
  • Member, Editorial Board, Dance Research Journal, SUNY, NY: 1996
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Multicultural Education, Asian American Communications, NYC: 1990


  • Artistic Director, Ananya Dance Theatre:
  • The choreography of Chandralekha: re(de)fining the postmodernist/feminist awareness in and through dance. Chatterjea, Ananya, SDHS Conference, MN, 1996.
  • How Can the Subaltern Speak?: Chatterjea, Ananya, Dancing Female: Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance, 1997.
  • Chandralekha: Negotiating the female body in cultural/political signification. Chatterjea, Ananya, CORD Conference, 1996.
  • Dance research in India: A brief report: Chatterjea, Ananya, Dance Research Journal, 1996.
  • Gertrude Lippincott Award from SDHS for her article: "Chandralekha: Negotiating The Female Body"
  • Asian Arts Initiative Grant, 1997
  • Graduate Research Award, Congress of Research on Dance, 1996
  • Best Choreographer, City Pages, 2007
  • Dance/USA Artist Fellowship, June 2019 - June 2020