THE BIRDS

ANIKAYA's Birds are the ensemble of ANIKAYA's Conference of the Birds. We are dancers from across the globe who each bring our own traditions and research to to our classes. We are teaching now during the pandemic to continue our journey together and to strengthen and expand our flock. When we can start to fly again, we will bring you company classes from wherever we are on tour. Students will also have the opportunity to join us at festivals around the world.

WENDY JEHLEN

Artistic Director

Wendy Jehlen’s career has been marked by international explorations, study and creative collaboration. Wendy engages in collaborations across languages, culture, media and genres.  Her work questions the boundaries that we imagine between ourselves, and seeks to break down these imagined walls through an embodied practice of radical empathy. Her unique approach to choreography incorporates elements of Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and a wide-range of Contemporary movement forms.

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WENDY JEHLEN

Artistic Director

Wendy Jehlen’s career has been marked by international explorations, study and creative collaboration. Wendy engages in collaborations across languages, culture, media and genres.  Her work questions the boundaries that we imagine between ourselves, and seeks to break down these imagined walls through an embodied practice of radical empathy. Her unique approach to choreography incorporates elements of Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and a wide-range of Contemporary movement forms.

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IBRAHIM ABDO (Egypt)

Ibrahim Abdo  began acting and dancing in 2006 while at Cairo University studying philosophy. In 2010 he joined Karima Mansour’s Cairo Contemporary Dance Center. In 2017 he received the "Step Beyond" travel grant to attend Impulse-Tanz festival in Austria. In 2016 Ibrahim’s movement research explores the flow of the movement in the body from a contemporary point of view of Sufi whirling, incorporating the concept of free fall. He is also a martial artist and personal trainer.

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YASIN ANAR (Turkey)

Yasin Anaris a contemporary dancer based in Istanbul. He is a graduate of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Contemporary dance, as well as holding a certificate as Master Trainer in Turkish traditional folk dance. He has danced with a number of contemporary dance companies in Turkey and abroad including Hodjapasha Dance Theatre, MDT Istanbul Project, DEF Dance Company and the UK-based Aakash Odedra Dance Company.

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SARVESHAN GANGEN (South Africa)

K. Sarveshan Gangen is a Bharatanatyam artist from Cape Town (South Africa). He has studied under the Dhananjayans  Karaikudi Subramanian, Leela Samson, Maxwell Xolani Rani, Joaquin Ruiz, Savitri Naidoo and Alfred Hinkel. His dance journey began at the age of three, under the guidance of Smt Savitri Naidoo at the Vadhini Indian Arts Academy in Cape Town. In 2012, Sarveshan moved to Chennai to explore the nuances of Naatyam at Bharata Kalanjali, the home of the acclaimed Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayans. Sarveshan is recognized as a nuanced performer and teacher and has performed in South Africa, India and the US. 

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MARCEL GBEFFA (Benin)

Marcel Gbeffais a dancer-choreographer and Artistic Director of the Centre Choregraphique Multicorps in Cotonou, Benin and choreographer of Cie Multicorps / Marcel Gbeffa. He has toured in Africa, Europe and the USA with Andréya Ouamba and American choreographer Reggie Wilson. Concurrently, he developed his own vocabulary and projects in Africa, Brazil and Europe. He created Primitive Shadow, Solitudes Blues, Vodoun (a Benin/Brazil project), Derriere le Rideau (as a laureate of the Institut Français’ Visa Pour la Creation), and Les Entrailles de l’Identité and Dide.

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DANANG PAMUNGKAS (Indonesia)

Danang Pamungkaswas born in Solo, Indonesia.  He studied traditional Javanese dance at the Mangkunegaran Palace of Surakarta, and graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakarta.  From 2008-2011, Danang was a member of the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Company of Taiwan under artistic director Lin Hwai Min.  He has taught and performed  his choreography across Indonesia, Europe and the US including at Impulstanz in Vienna and American Dance Festival. 

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LUCIANE RAMOS SILVA (Brazil)

Luciane Ramos-Silva  is dancer, choreographer, anthropologist and cultural organizer. She holds a MA in Social Anthropology and African Studies from University of Campinas (UNICAMP, 2008) and a PhD in Performing Arts/Dance at UNICAMP researching the notions of coloniality in dance , pedagogical approaches and south-south relations. Since 2009 she has been building connections with artists and institutions in the African Continent. As a performing artist, she has performed as a soloist in venues throughout Brazil and the US. She is the Artistic Director of the São Paulo-based performance group that  addresses race and gender issues through dance in public spaces.

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YAQI WU (China/US)

Yaqi Wu received her MFA and BFA in Dance from Minzu University of China. She is trained in many of the folk dance forms of Asia, including Han, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uyghur, Korean, Han, Dai, Yi, Miao and Wa, along with with ballet and contemporary dance. Yaqi is proficient in fusing the techniques and aesthetics of all of these dance forms to create a unique movement vocabulary. She has performed in major festivals and venues across China such as National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Dance Festival, Guangzhou Dance Festival.

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