Ananya Chatterjea (2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow; 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellow; 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, Shātrangā/Women Weaving Worlds, has toured to the Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival (Palestine) Aavejak Avaaz Festival (Delhi), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) Dance Place (Washington DC), Rutgers University (New Brunswick), Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh). Other touring experiences include 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 venues. Ananya is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and technique. She is currently writing her second book, Heat, Contestations in Line, under contract with Palgrave McMillan, re-framing understandings of Contemporary Dance from the perspective of dance-makers from global south locations.