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Artist & Researcher Project Title: “Dance-Making in the International, Inclusive City of Berlin” U.S. Fulbright Program, 2017-2018
Fulbright Research Project:
Dance-Making in the International, Creative City of Berlin
I am a dance artist and guest researcher, funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program to conduct a one-year independent study. I will be investigating what makes Berlin an international, creative city. What does “creative city” even mean? What factors led to Berlin’s emergence as an inclusive, artistic hub? How do Berlin’s residents sustain a thriving cultural ecosystem? How might it be evolving? As the founder of Soham Dance Space, a non-profit arts organization in Chicago, I am interested in how cultural activities and the development of artist communities are situated in a larger urban context.
My interdisciplinary research will be both experiential and scholarly, as I will look at artist communities through a two-prong approach: 1) As a practicing dance artist and cultural innovator, I will combine firsthand experience of building my own artistic practice in Berlin and navigating the platforms for performance, collaboration, dialogue, choreographic mentorship, and artistic growth; and 2) As an academic, I will consider the historical, sociological, cultural, and economic factors that have shaped Berlin into an international and inclusive, creative city through independent research, discussions, and interviews
2003 - 2007
New York University, New York, NY, USA
Bachelors in Food Politics & Sociology
2007 – Present
Soham Dance Space, Chicago, IL, USA
Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director, Performer, Teacher
Founded Soham Dance Space (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) in Chicago to create a progressive space for the exploration of bharatanatyam dance and creativity at large. Developed a contemporary solo repertoire, composed original music, and expanded notions of what Indian dance can be. Contributed a unique artistic vision for the direction of bharatanatyam dance that celebrates its classical roots and generates contemporary trajectories. Produced public special events, festivals, and performances; designed curriculum and taught adults and children bharatanatyam; choreographed and produced student works.
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington, D.C.
Creator & Performer of “Out of the Shadows: A Colored Solidarity”
Commissioned to create and perform new work at “Crosslines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality” on transnational solidarity between global social movements, in collaboration with historian Nico Slate of Carnegie Mellon University.
More info available upon request or at www.anjalchande.com .
U.S. FULBRIGHT PROGRAM,
Artist Research Grant Awardee, Berlin, Germany
18-Day Residency Awardee
2013 and 2014
RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION
Small Theater & Dance Program Grant
CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Individual Artists Program (IAP) Grant Award
CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Community Arts Assistance Program
NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT IN THE ARTS
National Merit Award
Anjal Chande is a choreographer, composer, writer, percussionist, and teacher who innovates through multidisciplinary dance. In 2007, Anjal founded Soham Dance Space with an expansive vision for the possibilities of bharatanatyam. As a teacher, Anjal aims to teach the form with pristine integrity, while also instilling a sense of creative possibility and autonomy within students.
As a contemporary bharatanatyam artist, Anjal has performed as a soloist at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco; Drive East in New York City; World Music Festival in Chicago; Narada Gana Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts German Hall, and Chinmaya Heritage Center in Chennai; Chinmaya Vibhooti Center in Pune; Chinmaya Bhakti Pravah in Delhi; and the National Center for Performing Arts and National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai. She is the recipient of awards from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, the Ragdale Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright Student Program to study in Berlin, Germany this upcoming year.
Anjal grounds her commitment to innovation and artistic evolution in years of multi-disciplinary study with masterful teachers. Anjal is a disciple of bharatanatyam exponent Smt. Hema Rajagopalan, having trained intensively and performed extensively with Natya Dance Theatre in Chicago, from a young age through the end of college, which provided a rich and thorough foundation. In the past decade, she pursued further studies under renowned artists in Chennai, India, having learned nattuvangam under Bhagavatula Seetaram Sarma of Kalakshetra and abhinaya under Smt. Indira Kadambi, Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam, and Smt. Bragha Bessell. She is a proficient percussionist and learned tabla under Raju Deshmukh in Chicago and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music, California, in addition to playing western percussion throughout school.
Described by The New York Times as a “gifted stylist” and by Time Out Chicago as “arrestingly poetic”, Anjal is paving new pathways as a contemporary artist and teacher. Across her passions and disciplines, Anjal holds an unwavering commitment to the sacredness of personal voice. She is sincerely devoted to creating work that upholds the integrity of her diverse knowledge while articulating her own bold convictions and inspiring others to do the same. www.anjalchande.com