ANIKAYA Dance Theater has been evolving since 1998 under the direction of choreographer Wendy Jehlen. Our work has so far extended to the US, Benin, Brazil, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Canada, Haiti, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mali and Turkey.

ANIKAYA’s mission is to break down the perceived boundaries between people, cultures and art forms. ANIKAYA’s work falls into two symbiotic, porous categories – performance and community engagement.  Both come back to one essential change catalyst – kinesthetic empathy. Our work questions the boundaries that we imagine between ourselves, and seeks to break down these imagined walls through an embodied practice of radical empathy.

ANIKAYA weaves together music, dance, visual art, new media and storytelling to create work that is resonant of deep-rooted traditions, without being bound to any one genre, place or practice. 

ANIKAYA engages in the authentic representation of reality. We are an artist-run organization and all of our projects are created by and for people of all genders and gender presentations, people of color from the US and around the world, LGBTQIA people, and people who create in bodies that are socially-constructed as disabled. 

ANIKAYA is supported by: