Song of the Jasmine, Walker Commission/World Premiere
“Aparna Ramaswamy infuses the formal rigor of Bharatanatyam with fluid spontaneity and rock star allure.” —Dance Magazine
Taking inspiration from the transformative Bhakti poetry of medieval South India, Song of the Jasmine is a profound and deeply beautiful combination of innovation and tradition exploring notions of American identity, global citizenship, and the divine.
Choreographer/director Aparna Ramaswamy, in collaboration with her choreographic partner and co-artistic director Ranee Ramaswamy, lead the storied Ragamala Dance in an inspired new work with New York’s award-winning jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa. Heralded for his “roving intellect and a bladelike articulation” (New York Times), Mahanthappa heads a new quartet that features Rajna Swaminathan on mridangam (percussion), V. K. Raman on South Indian flute, and Rez Abbasi on guitar.
Annual Ragamala Gala
Saturday, May 17, 5:30 pm
Walker Art Center
Ragamala’s annual gala evening begins with a social hour and dinner at the Walker’s Gather by D’Amico, followed by premium seating for the 8 pm performance of Song of the Jasmine. The program concludes with dessert, drinks, and a chance to meet and mingle with the artists.
Gala ticket price: $200. For information and tickets, please contact Joanna Lackram at 612.253.3556.