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St. Kate’s professor performs at O’Shag, then travels to Ethiopia

Hui Wilcox, associate professor at St. Kate's
Hui Wilcox, associate professor at St. Kate's
Photo by V. Paul Virtucio; Design by Randy Karels

Editor's Note: Here's an update from Professor Wilcox, "Great experience, and it has informed my teaching and work at St. Kate's in profound ways." Read a summary of the group's trip here.


When “Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine” opens at The O’Shaughnessy this Friday, Hui Wilcox’s mind will go quiet and her bare feet will be ready to stomp in unison.

The associate professor of sociology, women’s studies, and critical studies of race and ethnicity at St. Catherine University, is one of 12 dancers in Ananya Dance Theatre’s new production that pays tribute to women who cultivate and protect land and sustainable agricultural practices. “Roktim,” which means “blood red” in Bengali language, combines forms of Indian dance, yoga and martial arts — and concludes outside the auditorium’s front steps.

Both beginning and ending sections involve audience participation.

The dance troupe will perform again on September 19, at 7 p.m., with special shows for St. Kate’s Core Convocation faculty and students (see "note" below), after which it will board a plane for Ethiopia’s capital city.

“We’ve been invited to present the keynote performance at the Crossing Boundaries Festival and Conference on September 25 in Addis Ababa,” says Wilcox, who joined Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT) as a founding dancer in 2004. “Our trip is underwritten by the U.S. State Department, so we'll be officially representing the United States at the one-week festival and I, of course, will be proudly representing St. Catherine University. I am eager to learn more about Ethiopia, from where some of our students’ families recently emigrated.”

Wilcox and her colleagues, including artistic director Ananya Chatterjea, will also perform and conduct workshops for the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa to celebrate 75 years of cultural exchange. Embassy staff, notes the theatre’s recent newsletter, “were particularly interested in the way ADT uses artistic processes to build community.”

“Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine” is part of The O’Shaughnessy’s Women of Substance series.

Tickets are $17–$27; call the box office at 651-690-6700 or buy tickets online. 

NOTE: Core convocation students and faculty can attend for free on September 17, 18 and 19. All performances start at 7 pm. For reservations, contact Regina Hanson at ranhanson@stkate.edu or 651-690-6759.


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