Ragamala Dance Company appoints Erik Madsen-Bond as General Manager
Ragamala Dance Company has announced Erik Madsen-Bond as its new General Manager. Erik comes into this role after seven years with the company, most recently as Director of Operations, where he played a key role in community engagement, tour management and administrative operations.
In this new role, Erik will work with Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy to shape the ambitious and exhilarating growth of Ragamala as the company celebrates its 30th anniversary season.
“Erik’s contribution to Ragamala has been evident from the start. His keen analytical and strategic skills, combined with his long-standing commitment to the performing arts as a driving force for change, make him the perfect fit for this leadership role,” said Aparna Ramaswamy , Executive Artistic Director.
Each year, Ragamala’s efforts to strengthen the South Asian American experience deepen. Throughout the pandemic, Ragamala was determined to engage with its audience and hosted 102,733 virtual audience members. With the return to live programming, Ragamala had 9,168 in-person viewers. In response to recent performances at the American Dance Festival, an audience member said, “Thank you for what you are doing to shine a light on our dance tradition to make it an equal player in the cultural landscape of this country.”
For more information on Ragamala and their upcoming season, visit ragamaladance.org.
About Erik Madsen-Bond
Erik Madsen-Bond joined Ragamala Dance Company in 2015, holding several key administrative roles in operations, tour management and community engagement.
As a member of the leadership team, Erik works closely with Aparna Ramaswamy (Executive Artistic Director), Ranee Ramaswamy (Founder & Artistic Director) and the Board of Directors to create and implement strategies that drive progress the objectives of the organization.
Erik has led Ragamala’s tours with national and international presenters including Kennedy Center (DC), Lincoln Center (NY), American Dance Festival (NC), Northrop (MN), Dartmouth College (NH), the Harris Theater (IL), New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE), Joyce Theater (NY), University of Texas, Jacob’s Pillow (MA), and more. His Minneapolis-St. Paul-based community and public engagement work for Ragamala includes partnerships with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota History Center, Ordway, Northrop, India Association of Minnesota, and more . The engagement projects he has managed have been funded by Dance/USA, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Knight Foundation, Saint Paul STAR, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, and more.
Erik has served as an artist panelist for Arts Midwest’s Emerging Artist Primer and a grant-making panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton College and is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About Ragamala Dance Company
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.