A dancer kneels on the ground with hands in praying position pointing upward

Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Ragamala Dance Company

$25-40

Program: Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim
Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Ragamala Dance Company Website

Rooted in the expansive South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala Dance Company manifests a kindred relationship between the ancient and the contemporary. In their latest evening-length performance, Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim, eleven dancers conjure a realm where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Award-winning creators Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy imagine a metaphorical crossing place that enters into a ritualistic world of immortality, evoking the birth-death-rebirth continuum in Hindu thought to honor immigrant experiences of life and death in the diaspora.

“soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious … every gesture radiates joy or generosity or a sense of striving toward some higher form of being.” –The New York Times

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Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 PM

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Doris Duke Charitable FoundationSamuel H. Scripps SHS Foundation

The Fires of Varanasi by Ragamala Dance Company is co-commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works.