Join the University of Minnesota Dance Program for a virtual BOOK LAUNCH event for Professor Ananya Chatterjea’s Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies, published by Palgrave McMillan as part of its New World Choreographies series in November 2020.

January 29, 2021 at 2pm – 3:45pm CST
Virtual Event: Location TBA

Moderated by Talvin Wilks.
Panelists include Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Thomas DeFrantz, Douglas Kearney, and Alessandra Williams.
Alessandra Williams will be a panelist for this Webcast forum through University of California, Los Angeles.
Loving Deeply: A Conversation on Afro-Asian Aesthetic Authority
September 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CDT
[the second in our series exploring Afro-Asian solidarity]

Sunday, September 13, 2020, 7pm

Alessandra Williams and Yuichiro Onishi explore the world of Ananya Dance Theatre. Williams shares the rich details of the techniques of Ananya Dance Theatre’s specific dance form called Yorchhā, especially how it enacts the multiplicity of dancers’ strong physical presence, bodies, movements, and lived experiences to transform the very genre of contemporary dance. She talks about her own process of transformation in this very specific milieu and artists’ collective, moving through Black feminism and women of color feminism to transnational feminism. The conversation also introduces a specific case of collaboration between Laurie Carlos, a versatile Black woman artist, and Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea to delineate Afro-Asian aesthetic authority.
Alessandra will be a guest artist for the 2020 Summer Intensive of the Ananya Dance Theatre Shawngram Institute on Monday, July 20, 2020.
Alessandra will be a panelist for the “Roundtable on Black and Brown Solidarity” on June 8, 2020.
Alessandra will present in the panel “Body of Work: Choreographic Labor and Embodied Geographies in Afro-Diasporic Dance,” moderated by Thomas F. DeFrantz, and part of the 2020 Collegium for African Diaspora (CADD) Dance Conference.
Alessandra will present alongside Drs. Hui Wilcox, Elyan Hill, and Erika Busse in their panel “Dance as Transnational Feminism and Queer Practice” on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00am (Hilton Union Square, Floor: Tower 3, 6th Floor, Nob Hill 04).
Alessandra will perform in Shaatranga: Women Weaving Worlds.