ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc.

aka ANIKAYA Dance Theater   |   Somerville, MA   |  www.anikaya.org

Mission

ANIKAYA’s mission is to break down the perceived boundaries between people, cultures and art forms. We weave together music, dance and storytelling to create works that pull from the full range of the body’s communicative capabilities. We incorporate traditional forms, internalizing them and allowing them to reemerge as part of a new movement vocabulary. The result is work that is resonant of deep-rooted traditions, without being bound to any particular genre, place or practice. ANIKAYA engages in the creation, production and touring of movement theater works. In conjunction with and preparation for these projects, ANIKAYA presents workshops for people of all ages and abilities in the US and abroad.

Ruling year info

2004

Artistic Director

Wendy Jehlen

Main address

67 Dane St Wendy Jehlen

Somerville, MA 02143 USA

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Formerly known as

Akhra: the Dancing Grounds

EIN

32-0102506

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

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Conference of the Birds

Conference of the Birds (CotB) is a multi-media movement theater work inspired by the epic poem of Farid Ud din Attar, and embodying stories gathered from modern-day refugees and other migrants. CotB is directed by ANIKAYA Dance Theater artistic director/choreographer Wendy Jehlen in collaboration with an ensemble of dancer/choreographers from around the world who share a culture of travel, and who each represent a unique cultural tradition. Collaborating dancers include artists from Benin, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, India/South Africa, Japan, Turkey and the US. The dancers were selected for their artistry and cultural expertise, their life stories and for their facility with inter-cultural collaboration. Original music was composed for the work by Shaw Pong Liu (US), Eric Raynaud/Fraction (France), and Shahou Andalibi (Iran). Animated projection art was created by David Bengali (US) with calligraphy and content consultation by Pouya Jahanshahi.

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ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2018
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Board chair

Wendy Jehlen

Lydia Volaitis