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ANIKAYA’s work falls into two symbiotic, porous categories – performance and community engagement.  Both come back to one essential change catalyst – kinesthetic empathy. ANIKAYA’s programming engages on an individual, interpersonal, and community-wide basis. In workshops, we begin with the individual body, through movement, through self-discovery.  We then expand into connections between movers, and exploration of community through movement. 


Conference of the Birds
Run Like a Girl

Conference of the Birds

Conference of the Birds dancers in the form of the Simurgh

In the making of Conference of the Birds, we worked with unaccompanied minor refugees at Ascentria, a service organization in Worcester; with a group of women ages 18-75 at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, with members of the Deaf community who were part of ANIKAYA’s Project Listen, and many more. Take a look at some of the reflections, in image and text, that emerged from those workshops, and that was incorporated into the performance. On tour, the Conference of the Birds dancers will continue to engage with communities and to weave their stories into the performance.

by an unaccompanied minor refugee from Afghanistan by way of Indonesia

The companion project to Conference of the Birds has been performed twice in Boston with a group of elder women from the Pao Cultural Center in Chinatown, along with dancers from the community, many of whom are themselves immigrants and refugees. We created another version of this work with students and community members at Brown University.

Silent Flight April 2019 Chinatown Gate, Boston

Conference of the Birds has invitations this year from international festivals in Ramallah, Palestine and Amman, Jordan. The festivals are able to cover all production costs, and accommodations, but we need to raise funds to pay for tickets and to pay the artists. Help us make this possible.

See Conference of the Birds in Washington DC Nov 2-3!

Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl has literally changed lives in concrete and palpable ways in Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Japan, and we will be taking it to Botswana in November.

But don’t take it from us: 

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