(ADT) was established in 1993 by dancer/choreographer
Anita Ratnam in Chennai, India.
It comprises a team of young, professional
dancers from around Chennai, who have been further trained by Ratnam's
individual style of dance-theatre. ADT as a professional dance company
has performed in several important venues throughout India.
repertoire ranges from full-length productions and contemporary dance-theatre
productions that reflect the dynamic heritage of India, to cross-cultural
experimentations and programs for young audiences. ADT also actively creates
work for the corporate sector and for several NGOs (Non Governmental
Organizations) who wish to highlight their work with a difference. In association
with Chennai-based NGOs like The Banyan, CAN STOP (Cancer - Support Therapy
to Overcome Pain), SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation), Ability Foundation
and NAB (National Association for the Blind) Art's work "speaks" for the
times, forging deeper bonds of love and awareness between patients, family
At the forefront
of international collaborations, Anita Ratnam and ADT have built several
relationships with eminent dance institutions in USA, Canada, France and
Singapore. In 2003, UTPALA
was premiered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at Sutrarasa, a contemporary dance
collaboration with director Dipankar Mukherjee premiered in 2002 at Toronto,
Canada and has been widely performed in India. DUST
with Dance Alloy, USA, has been rated by a panel of dance writers across
the northeastern United States as one of the 'Best Choreographic Choices
Of The Year 2001'.
ADT also participate in other activities of Arangham Trust, the umbrella
arts foundation which include "Arangham Interactive," the Education-Outreach
that visit schools and colleges, conducting workshops on the
joy of movement and sharing India's cultural heritage.