ANIKAYA Dance Theater has been evolving since 1998 under the direction of choreographer Wendy Jehlen. ANIKAYA’s mission is to break down the perceived boundaries between people, cultures and art forms. Our work has so far extended to the US, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Mali and Turkey.

ANIKAYA weaves 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 then 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. We have traveled wide and studied deeply to bring you these, the gifts of the body.

ANIKAYA is supported in 2017-2018 by grants from: