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Ananya Dance Theater completes trilogy

Watching a performance by Ananya Dance Theater is akin to experiencing political activism through the kinetic medium of dance. Fierce, fearsome and powerful, artistic director Ananya Chatterjea’s women-of-color-dancers propel themselves through ritualistic performances with pounding feet, razorlike moves, wide-open eyes, and sharp intakes and exhalations of breath.

Chatterjea, the troupe’s multiaward-winning founder, wraps up a trilogy about the oppression of women and environment destruction (and the links therein) this week with the premiere of "Ashesh Barsha, Unending Monsoon." According to press material, the performance relays stories (co-created by the performers) of indigenous knowledge forgotten, the aftermath of hurricanes and tsunamis, depletion of the earth’s resources and issues of reparation.

That’s an ambitious agenda. The result is likely to be more impressionist than literal. But once you’ve seen a performance by these women, you don’t forget it. Chatterjea’s singular dance vocabulary — based on deconstructions of movements from classical dance forms, primarily Odissi; yoga; and the martial art form, Chhau — and the women’s relentless dedication to the performance of it are memorable.

"Ashesh Barsha, Unending Monsoon." 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets $22, pay-as-able Thursday. 612-340-1725.

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