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Friday, October 20, 2017 8:00 PM // Power Center

Written in Water
Ragamala Dance Company

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In Written in Water, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy explore the concept of spiritual ascension through the 2nd-century Indian board game Paramapadam (upon which Snakes & Ladders is based) and the 12th century Persian epic The Conference of the Birds.

Rooted in the South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance form, the large-scale multi-disciplinary performance unfolds with paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav projected on the stage floor. This “gameboard” serves as a physical and metaphorical framework for a world of psychological complexity, with snakes and ladders representing the heights of ecstasy and the depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi thought. The live music for Written in Water is composed and performed by Amir ElSaffar, interwoven with original South Indian Carnatic compositions by Prema Ramamurthy. Ragamala Dance Company is “providing some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” (New York Times)

Please note: The artists have requested no late seating for this performance.

Artist Q&A. Friday, October 20, post-performance.

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10/20/17 8:00 PM
Power Center

Written in Water
Ragamala Dance Company

In Written in Water, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy explore the concept of spiritual ascension through the 2nd-century Indian board game Paramapadam (upon which Snakes & Ladders is based) and the 12th century Persian epic The Conference of the Birds.

Rooted in the South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance form, the large-scale multi-disciplinary performance unfolds with paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav projected on the stage floor. This “gameboard” serves as a physical and metaphorical framework for a world of psychological complexity, with snakes and ladders representing the heights of ecstasy and the depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi thought. The live music for Written in Water is composed and performed by Amir ElSaffar, interwoven with original South Indian Carnatic compositions by Prema Ramamurthy. Ragamala Dance Company is “providing some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” (New York Times)

Please note: The artists have requested no late seating for this performance.

Artist Q&A. Friday, October 20, post-performance.

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

FUNDED IN PART BY

MEDIA PARTNERS