No one gives ancient sagas sensual immediacy like Ragamala Dance. Their latest production, "Sthree" is inspired by the first-century Tamil epic Silappathikaram (The Anklet). Set to an original score by Dr. L. Subramaniam, original compositions by Prema Ramamurthy, and narration by Zaraawar Mistry, the production explores the tension between karma and dharma, the cornerstones of the Hindu belief system. If all this sounds little heady, fear not. The great mother-daughter team of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy animates these concepts with Bharatanatyam, a classic dance form from South India, infused with contemporary accents. Their choreography (and dancing) simultaneously embodies energetic explosions, sculptural clarity, and expressive subtlety. To immerse yourself even further in the delights of India, there's a gala on May 2 with Indian dance, music, art, and, of course, food.
Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 2, 5:30 p.m. Starts: April 30. Continues through May 3, 2009