Saturday, February 15

Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Music & Movement Series, Ordway Music Theater

Conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water explores the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self. In this large-scale, multimedia dance work, dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation, and activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—representing the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing.

Forging new artistic paradigms, Ragamala has commissioned a score from Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and Iraqi-American composer/musician Amir ElSaffar, who leads a live, 5-person musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and South Indian instruments. The work unfolds amidst lush images of paintings commissioned from visual artist V. Keshav (Chennai, India), projected on the stage floor and upstage scrim.


“An exquisite tableaux and glorious score…an ingenious, hybridized fusion of Sufi and Carnatic music.”
Chicago Tribune’s ‘Best of 2019’

“Ragamala elevates snakes and ladders to spiritual heights in a sensory-rich, idea-steeped work.”
The Washington Post

“Written in Water was as dynamic as it was refined, and as bold as it was enlightening.”
Dance View Times



<center><strong>Aparna Ramasway</strong>
Aparna Ramaswamy
<center><strong>Ashwini Ramasway</strong></center>
Ashwini Ramaswamy
<center><strong>Ranee Ramasway</strong></center>
Ranee Ramaswamy


Ordway Pre-Show Extra: Ode to Navarathri Festival

Saturday, February 15, 2020

5:00PM – 7:30PM | Target Atrium

Join us prior to the show for the free Ordway Extra event, Ragamala’s singular expression of the South Indian festival of Navarathri — Kolu, a time when families welcome friends and neighbors into their homes for a communal gathering rooted in the sharing of art. Part installation and part community arts festival, Ode to Navarathri translates a culturally rooted experience from Ranee’s upbringing in Chennai, India, into a universal celebration of art and life.

Post-Show Talk-Back & Mingle

Post-show | Target Atrium

After each Dance Series performance, audiences are invited to join dance company members for a 20 minute Q & A “Talk-Back” and a post-show mingle in the Target Atrium with the artists, including cash bar!


Community Engagement Spotlight

Visit Ragamala Rooted: Written in Water to learn more about monthly events with Ragamala Dance Company across St. Paul, including the Jazz Masterclass with Amir ElSaffar at Walker | West Music Academy!


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