photos by Yekaterina Gyadu

photos by Yekaterina Gyadu

Ambika Raina is a dancer and performance maker/director in New York City. She makes fantasies that flirt with pop sensibility and are rooted in an experimental foundation. Viscerally influenced by her Indian classical dance foundation, Ambika has a keen sense for detailed movement and musicality, storytelling with layers of accessibility, and choreography as a frame for experience. Her work most recently has tested the boundaries of genre, by bringing visual art to life, combining performance and video, and collaging dance and theater.

In New York City, Ambika has presented work at Movement Research at the Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NYU's Jack Crystal Theater, Westbeth, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Triskelion Arts, and more. She has also presented work in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Durham, Chicago, and Milwaukee. She has organized and moderated a Movement Research Studies Project panel at the Museum of Modern Art.

As a freelance dancer, she has worked with artists Netta Yerushalmy, Wally Cardona, Joanna Kotze, David Gordon, Catherine Galasso, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Maya Lee Parritz, Brinda Guha, visual artists Brendan Fernandes and Jonathan Allen, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. She’s loved performing at Madison Square Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, Ailey Citigroup Theater, HERE Arts Center, the High Line, Battery Dance Festival, River to River Festival, New York Live Arts, Triskelion Arts, Jacob's Pillow Perles Family Studio, and more.

Ambika holds a BFA in Dance and a BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, and she asks questions about a lot of other things, too.