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Ragamala Dance Company: Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Fires of Varanasi
September 11, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on September 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Celebrated as one of the diaspora’s leading bharatanatyam ensembles, Ragamala Dance Company, led by mother-and-daughter team Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, embodies the artistic and spiritual traditions of India while creating a dialogue about the contemporary human experience. After the company’s praised performance of Written in Water in 2018, we are excited to welcome them back this season.
Fires of Varanasi is a site-specific work and ritual for the stage where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. The choreographers honor the cosmic trinity of Varanasi—sacred pilgrimage routes, the Ganges River, and the patron deity Shiva—and imagine a metaphorical crossing place, where one may leave the mundane and enter into the world of transcendence. In this theatrical reimagining, they expand upon the birth-death-rebirth continuum in Hindu thought to illuminate immigrant experiences of life and death in the diaspora.
Set to an original, recorded score, French scenic and lighting designer Willy Cessa transforms the stage as the dancers traverse the iconic stairways and landings along the river banks and perform ritual ablutions in the sacred river.