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"At once iconic and explosive, Aparna Ramaswamy infuses the formal rigor of Bharatanatyam with fluid spontaneity and rock star allure." Dance Magazine
Aparna has toured extensively, both as a soloist and as choreographer and principal dancer of Ragamala Dance, of which she is Co-Artistic Director with her mother, Ranee Ramaswamy.
Ramaswamy's choreography and performance have been described as "a marvel of buoyant agility and sculptural clarity" (Dance Magazine), "thrillingly three-dimensional," and "an enchantingly beautiful dancer," (The New York Times). In 2010, Ramaswamy was the first Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer to be named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," in which was written, "At once iconic and explosive, Aparna Ramaswamy infuses the formal rigor of Bharatanatyam with fluid spontaneity and rock star allure."
Highly stylized with sophisticated technique, Bharatanatyam blends two distinct components: nritta, or rhythmic dance, comprised of various complex body movements and rhythmic compositions, and nritya, or narrative dance, which utilizes the language of gesture and facial expression.
Although Bharatanatyam has a structured vocabulary, this vocabulary does not restrict, but instead offers the use of a multifaceted language from which the dancer can draw and expand. In this incredibly intricate percussive form, the choreographer not only creates the movement but also the rhythmic structures. This coupled with the beauty, vitality, and stunning physicality of the style, makes Bharatanatyam the perfect canvas on which to create timeless compositions.
Sannidhi brings together Indian-American artists of the next generation who retain roots in their collective history while bringing their own voices to the contemporary stage. Sannidhi illuminates the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine, whose timeless duality forms the continuous pulse of our universe. In five sections, this work weaves together music and movement, rhythm and lyric, spirit and emotion, creating an invisible link between dancer, musicians and audience. Sannidhi features four Carnatic musicians: Ranee Ramaswamy (nattuvangam), Lalit Subramaniam (vocals), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam, the two headed south Indian drum), and Anjna Swaminathan (violin).
The presentation of Aparna Ramaswamy, Sannidhi (Sacred Space) was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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