September 09, 2013

photo by Ed Bock
Aparna Ramaswamy in "Sannidhi" Sept. 19 at Weis Center

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy will present "Sannidhi (Sacred Space)" on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

In five sections, "Sannidhi" weaves together music and movement, rhythm and lyric, spirit and emotion, creating an invisible link between dancer, musicians and audience.

The performance will feature music played by four musicians: Ranee Ramaswamy on cymbals; Lalit Subramaniam, vocals; Rajna Swaminathan on two-headed south Indian drum; and Anjna Swaminathan, on violin.

In advance of the performance, Ramaswamy will give a free one-hour lecture and demonstration of the Bharatanatyam dance form and Indian music on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at noon in the Weis Center Lobby.

Bharatanatyam blends two distinct components: rhythmic dance, comprising various complex body movements and rhythmic compositions, and narrative dance, which utilizes the language of gesture and facial expression.

Ramaswamy 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.

Her 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."

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for all college students.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series is LEO, The Anti-Gravity Show on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for all college students.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or