Ragamala Dance - Written in Water
Ragamala Dance - Written in Water

Ragamala Dance - Written in Water


A treat for your eyes, ears and heart!
SynopsisConceived and choreographed by Co-Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water is an exploration of the Indian board game Paramapadam - an early version of Snakes and Ladders and the 12th century Sufi poem `The Conference of the Birds`. Both the board game and the text reflect an intricate allegory of the way in which a universal paradigm that of the seeker on a journey to overcome human failings and find ultimate truth is experienced within these spiritual traditions.

Dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self. Composer Amir ElSaffar leads a musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and Carnatic instruments. Large-scale projections of original paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav and Minneapolis artist Nathan Christopher are woven throughout the choreography.

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