June 2 - 4, 2016
by Ashwini Ramaswamy
The creatures of the daytime go with the current. Night provides space for being authentic and creatively unrestricted. In this new evening length dance work, the influence of the ancient and the immediacy of the present propel Ramaswamy's choreography as she takes us on a journey through the different facets of the night – the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn.
Ashwini Ramaswamy (dancer/choreographer) is a soloist with Ragamala Dance Company and has studied Bharatanatyam since the age of five.
The New York Times describes Ashwini as “imbuing her refined, sculptural muscularity with a tranquility that contrasts with the springy exuberance of her feet…there is a continual flow of energy coursing through her limbs”
Ashwini has performed in major national and international venues, including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai). She is the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grant, and a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant.
Shubhendra Rao (sitar)
Saskia Rao-de Haas (cello)
Rajna Swaminathan (kanjira)
Photo: Ashwini Ramaswamy, Credit - Amanulla
Support for New Works 4 Weeks is provided by Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.