Holy Ground with live music, July 22
Sacred Earth by Ragamala Dance Company premieres July 22, 2022 at 8 p.m. as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! At Lena Horne Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY. Sacred Earth is an enchanting work for seven dancers and five musicians that explodes with colors, rhythms and ecstatic movements. To RSVP for the FREE event, visit bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-brooklyn-festival/ragamala-dance-company-sacred-earth.
Rooted in the expansive South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala Dance Company manifests a kinship relationship between the ancient and the contemporary. Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness of our physical environments and our inner states of being. Performed with a stellar musical ensemble from India, dancers create a sacred space to honor divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting, and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is Ranee and Aparna
Ramaswamy’s singular vision of the beautiful and fragile relationship between nature and man.
RSVPs are encouraged by not required. Admission is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs help keep you up to date on show information.
Support for the creation of Sacred Earth was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with core funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation’s Community Connections Fund and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the generous support of Ragamala’s Rasika Circle members.
Ragamala Dance Company is the vision of award-winning mother/daughter artists Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy. Over the past four decades, Ranee and Aparna’s practice in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam has altered the trajectory of culturally rooted performing arts in the United States to create an exemplary company in the American dance landscape. . Through intimate solos and large-scale theatrical works for the stage, Ranee and Aparna enhance the South Asian American experience. By engaging the dynamic tension between ancestral wisdom and creative freedom, they reveal the kindred relationship between ancient and contemporary that today’s world urgently needs.
With Aparna Ramaswamy as the principal dancer, Ragamala has been commissioned and performed across the United States, India and abroad, highlighted by the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Joyce Theater (New York) , Lincoln Center (New York), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), American Dance Festival (Durham, North Carolina), The Soraya (Southern California), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, CT), Cal Performances (Berkeley), Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Just Festival (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India) and National Center for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India), among others. ragamaladance.org.
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