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
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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)
“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 (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.