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Ananya Dance Theatre – Shyamali: Sprouting Words

KST Presents

Fri/October 13 – Sat/October 14
8p/Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave :: Map

“They are dancing for their own lives and for the lives of women all over the world.” —Star Tribune, Minneapolis

World Stage Commission
Commissioned by KST and national partners, Ananya Dance Theater’s newest work takes its name from the Bengali word for “dark green,” and draws inspiration from the force that springs trodden grass back to life. In Shyamali: Sprouting Words, choreographer Ananya Chatterjea recognizes proactive dissent as a fuel for growth, and celebrates the courage of women who refuse to be broken, women who speak up, talk back, embody dissent and sustain their communities against injustice.

Chatterjea employs her expansive approach to contemporary Indian dance to powerfully express urgent issues of resistance and resilience. The company makes distinct use of rasa—the emotional expressivity of classical Indian dance—to invoke the aesthetic of the Dakini, a wrathful female spirit in Tantric Hinduism. Forged with fast, furious dancing that echoes histories of devastation and depletion, Shyamali journeys forward, into realms of rebirth, sustaining breath, and fluid, harmonious movement.

Performance runs 90 minutes without intermission.

PLUS: Artist dinner, master class and artist luncheon, artSEEDs youth program and Q&A


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Shyamali: Sprouting Words is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in partnership with the Asian Arts Initiative, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

Presented with generous support from contributors to KST’s The World Stage Fund matched by the Benter Foundation, 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, and from the National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund. For more information visit




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