Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Let The Crows Come (Short Trailer)

 Ashwini Ramaswamy, Invisible Cities (work in progress)

  • This virtual showcase includes footage accompanied by a conversation between Choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy & Kristen Brogdon, Director of Programming, Northrop

2022/2023 Tour Dates

Jan 14, 2023
Annual Elsie Management Showcase
Invisible Cities
New York, NY
Fri & Sat,
January 27 & 28, 2023
Cowles Center
Invisible Cities
Minneapolis, MN
Fri & Sat,
April 7 & 8, 2023
Let the Crows Come
Scottsdale, AZ
March 1, 2023
Modlin Center for the Arts
Let The Crows Come
Richmond, VA
March 3, 2023
Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University
Let The Crows Come
Stony Brook, NY
March 23, 2023
University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
Let The Crows Come
Chickasha, OK
April 7, 2023
Let The Crows Come
Santa Monica, CA

Please check back soon for newly announced tour dates!

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” …pairing Ramaswamy and Mourad resulted in a compelling, vivid work.”

Sheila Regan, Star Tribune
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“Ramaswamy’s imagination united and flourished, making space, not just for more generations but for more ways of thinking.”

The New York Times (Critic’s pick)
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Weaves together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine

The New York Times


Ashwini Ramaswamy’s dancing “weaves together the human and the divine” – The New York Times

Evoking mythography and ancestry, “Let the Crows Come” uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. This dance for three with live music explores how memory and homeland channel guidance and dislocation. Featuring Ramaswamy (Bharatanatyam technique), Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (Contemporary/Afro-Caribbean technique), and Berit Ahlgren (Gaga technique), Bharatanatyam dance is deconstructed and recontextualized to recall a memory that has a shared origin but is remembered differently from person to person. Composers Jace Clayton (dj/rupture) and Brent Arnold extrapolate from Prema Ramamurthy’s classical Carnatic (South Indian) score, utilizing centuries-old compositional structures as the point of departure for their sonic explorations. “Let the Crows Come” premiered in November, 2019 and is available for touring with NDP touring subsidy.

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Ashwini Ramaswamy boldly explores what seemingly disparate genres of dance can do when performed side by side.” – Dance Magazine

Bharatanatyam choreographer and dancer Ashwini Ramaswamy deepens a choreographic methodology she began in 2019 with Let the Crows Come—named a “Best of the Year” in The Washington Post and a critic’s pick in The New York Times. Featuring 13 dancers, this reimagining of Italo Calvino’s metaphysical novel interweaves cultural perspectives with a dynamic group of lead artists—Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy (Bharatanatyam), Berit Ahlgren (Gaga), Alanna Morris (Modern), Joseph Tran (Breaking)—and visual artist, Kevork Mourad, who creates Invisible Cities’ interactive, immersive projections and illustrations in real time.

Invisible Cities extends beyond the kinetic realm with live, interactive projections created by internationally renowned artist Kevork Mourad. Mourad employs his technique of live drawing and animation, developing a collaboration in which art, music and movement harmonize with one another. Both haunting and hopeful, ethereal and full of depth, Mourad’s visual architectures provide a dynamic and unpredictable dimension to the artists’ examination of the way the built environment and human life interact.

Invisible Cities is a generative pilgrimage that expresses a lifelong desire to coalesce Ramaswamy’s specific artistic and cultural aesthetic as a Bharatanatyam artist with the dynamic universe of other embodied traditions and communities. Original choreographic approaches include: the transmuting of Bharatanatyam’s intricate gestural language (hastas/mudras) into full-body movement; creating an unexpected technique of movement modulation by reversing and decelerating Bharatanatyam sequences; utilizing the intricate and unique rhythmic structures of Bharatanatyam to inspire corporeal isolations and patterns; weaving spirituality and narrative elements into the choreographic marrow.


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Ashwini Ramaswamy (Artistic Director/ Choreographer/Dancer)

As an independent choreographer and Choreographic Associate with Ragamala Dance Company, ASHWINI RAMASWAMY’S (Minneapolis, MN) work references ancient myths and ritualistic practices, global literature and poetry, and the mixed media contemporary culture she has absorbed for 35 years, drawing from myriad influences to express a personal identity that has universal resonance.
Celebrated for her ability to “[weave] together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine” (The New York Times), Ashwini has studied Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company’s Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy—her mother and sister—since the age of five. She now has the honor of studying under Bharatanatyam legend Alarmél Valli, one of the greatest living masters of the form. She has toured extensively with Ragamala, performing throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, the U.K, and India. Ashwini is a McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, as well as the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Artist Initiative grants, a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Next Step Fund grant, and two Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grants. In addition to MSAB and MRAC, her work is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s (MAAF) USArtists International program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ (NEFA) National Dance Project.
Ashwini’s choreographic work has been presented by Augsburg College, the Ritz Theater, the Red Eye Theater, and the Cowles Center (Minneapolis, MN); Triskelion Arts, The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), The Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K), and The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard). Ashwini’s newest project is commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and is created in part through a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

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