Using the mythography of crows as a framework to explore memory as a source of guidance and dislocation, Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy (Minneapolis, MN) will develop Let the Crows Come, a collection of movement solos that layers Ramaswamy’s visceral interpretation of ancestry, ritual, and tradition with a genre-defying evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries.
BAC Space Resident Artist
Ashwini Ramaswamy has studied Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company’s Artistic Directors, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy (her mother and sister) for over 25 years; she now has the honor of studying under the legendary Smt. Alarmél Valli in Chennai, India.
A founding member of Ragamala, she has toured extensively, performing throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, the U.K, and India, highlighted by performances at Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, Music Center of Los Angeles, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bali Arts Festival, and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India). Her work in Bharatanatyam affords her the opportunity to engage a new generation through workshops, demonstrations, and lectures in cities and towns across the U.S. and abroad. Ramaswamy is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Jerome Foundation, and U.S. Artists International. Her choreography was among the “Best of the Year” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Big Dance Town, and Minnpost, and has been presented by Augsburg College, the Ritz Theater, the Red Eye Theater, the Cowles Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Joyce Theater, Triskelion Arts (NYC), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), and the Just Festival (Edinburgh, UK). She is currently the Artist-in-Residence for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, which will commission a new work from her in 2019. Ramaswamy is Ragamala Dance Company’s Director of PR and Marketing and has a degree in English Literature from Carleton College. She currently sits on the board of Arts Midwest.
Photos: Ed Bock, David Johnston