Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
ANIKAYA

“AN-I-KAYA” - “gift of the body" “an(n)” - “grace, gift” (Hebrew) “i” (ə) – “of” (Persian) “kaya” - “body” (Sanskrit) The work of ANIKAYA is to transmit grace through the vessel of the body. 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, Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mali, Burkina Faso, France 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. Performances in: Tokyo, Japan Seoul, Korea Cotonou, Benin Bamako, Mali Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Istanbul, Turkey São Paulo, Brazil Tiradentes, Brazil Delhi, India Chennai, India Pondicherry, India Bangalore, India Cochin, India Trissur, India Hyderabad, India​ Rishi Valley, India Ranchi, India Trivandrum, India Florence, Italy Fano, Italy ​Rome, Italy Treviso, Italy​ Modena, Italy​ Catania, Italy Riga, Latvia Mastricht, The Netherlands Locarno, Switzerland​​ New York City, USA Washington, DC, USA Providence, USA Boston, USA Seattle, USA Houston, USA Residencies and Workshops (a selection): Jacob's Pillow Centro de Referência da Dança, São Paulo National Technical Institute for the Deaf Brown University Harvard University Rishi Valley School Kalakshetra Pondicherry University Trissur School of Drama Play Practice Residency, Bangalore Eluciole Circus, Auroville

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  • February 2020

    State: NA
    Date: 1/2020
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
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  • November 2019

    Date: 11/2019
    Activity: performance of a work of art 
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  • October 2018 to November 2018

    Presented a 5-week residency and workshop with performances at the conclusion with local professional dancers. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Wendy
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Mailing Address: 
67 Dane St
Somerville, MA 02143
Physical Address: 
67 Dane St
Somerville, MA 02143
Last Name: 
Jehlen
Phone: 
617 861-7930

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Year Founded: 
2003
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Chinese
French
Hindi
Portuguese
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theaters
Dance/USA
Awards: 
Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment
Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts
Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellowship
Brother Thomas Fellowship
Boston Center for the Arts Choreographic Residency
American Institute for Indian Studies
Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art - Building Bridges
The Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston
Japan Foundation Collaboration Grant
Theater Communications Group In the Lab Grant
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Depends on the nature of the residency/workshop.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$25,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000