Ashwini Ramaswamy: Let the Crows Come
Liquid Music commission
Work-in-progress conversation moderated by TU Dance artistic director Toni Pierce-Sands
“‘Magic realism’ is a technique often used in literature but Ashwini imports the concept into the dance world.” — Star Tribune
Minneapolis-based Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy, celebrated for her ability to “[weave] together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine” (New York Times) discusses her multidisciplinary original work Let the Crows Come featuring collaborator and “genre-busting” (The Guardian) composer/DJ/author Jace Clayton and Twin Cities dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, who “embodies the power of dance to create deep and lasting connections where words cannot” (Dance Magazine, “25 to Watch”). Using the mythography of crows as a framework to explore memory as a source of guidance and dislocation, the work layers Ramaswamy’s visceral interpretation of ancestry, ritual, and tradition with a genre-defying evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries. Presented at the newly-renovated Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis, the work-in-progress conversation is part of the SPCO’s Tapestry19 Festival and will include video footage of Ramaswamy’s Space Residency at The Baryshnikov Arts Center.
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