Ragamala Music and Dance Theater: Srishti (Creation)

Ragamala Music and Dance Theater is one of the gorgeous, hidden jewels of Twin Cities dance. Exploring and expanding classical Indian dance (based in Bharatanatyam, the ancient classical dance of southern India) with a blend of contemporary choreography, Ragamala has enjoyed 10 seasons of performances that have garnered international attention. Srishti (Creation) begins the new season with an evening featuring the choreography of Associate Artistic Director Aparna Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy, who has been dancing Bharatanatyam since age six, is a recipient of a 2002 Bush Artist Fellowship. Srishti highlights a new duet performed by Ramaswamy and Toni Pierce, which was collaboratively choreographed by Ramaswamy and Uri Sands, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and Minnesota Dance Theatre resident choreographer. Another highlight of the evening will be Laya , the creation of composer/musician Rick Shiomi. This piece weaves the footwork of Bharatanatyam with the Japanese taiko drum, creating an interplay of two distinct percussive forms. Southern Theater (612) 340-1725