The May 1, 2021 performances have been postponed to the 2021-22 season, more details coming soon. 

Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Fires of Varanasi

Co-artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamys work embodies the artistic and spiritual traditions of India while creating a dialogue about the contemporary human experience. Fires of Varanasi, the culmination of an academic-year long partnership with Northrop, is a ritual for the stage where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Ragamala’s exquisite Bharatanatyam choreography, layered with an original score and an immersive set design, expands upon the birth-death-rebirth continuum in Hindu thought to illuminate immigrant experiences of life and death in the diaspora.

“Ragamala shows how Indian forms can be some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer. This is an excellent company… Aparna Ramaswamy is an enchantingly beautiful dancer.” (The New York Times)




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