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Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Let The Crows Come

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“weaves together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine”

– The New York Times

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

In a new work from Minneapolis-based choreographer/dancer Ashwini Ramaswamy, the Bharatanatyam form is deconstructed and recontextualized, evoking mythography and ancestry to explore how memory and homeland can channel guidance and dislocation. A series of trios and solos by dancers of three distinctly different artistic lineages is set to an original score performed live by a hybrid orchestra of South Indian instruments, electro-acoustic cello, and synthesizers. Let the Crows Come is a genre-twisting evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries.

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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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