Let the Crows Come (N.Y. Premiere)
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 distinct 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.
Performed by Berit Ahlgren, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, and Ashwini Ramaswamy, Brent Arnold (cello), Jace Clayton (electronics), Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam), Roopa Mahadevan (vocals), and Arun Ramamurthy (violin).
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Let the Crows Come was commissioned by Liquid Music and developed, in part, during a BAC Artist Residency.
The presentation of Let the Crows Come was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Ashwini Ramaswamy has studied Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company's Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy—her mother and sister—since the age of five.
Celebrated for her ability to “[weave] together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine” (The New York Times), Ramaswamy now has the honor of studying under Bharatanatyam legend Alarmél Valli (Chennai, India), 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. Ramaswamy is a 2013 McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, a 2019 McKnight Artist Fellow for Choreography, a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, as well as the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, two Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grants, and two Jerome Foundation Travel Study grants. Her work is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, and the MAP Fund. Ramaswamy’s choreographic work has been presented by Augsburg College, the Ritz Theater, the Red Eye Theater, and the Cowles Center (Minneapolis, MN); The O’Shaughnessy (St. Paul, MN); Triskelion Arts and The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), The Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K), and The Yard (Martha's Vineyard). Ashwini’s newest project, Let the Crows Come, is commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and was created in part through residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center and UNC Chapel Hill, and a fall 2019 Production Residency at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (Akron, OH).
Photos: Jake Armour, Ed Bock