Aparna Ramaswamy vitalizes ancient Indian dance

Her performance an offering to Hindu deities

This weekend Ragamala will inaugurate the dance series at the new Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts with the premiere of a multimedia work inspired by the philosophies behind two indigenous visual art forms from southern and western India. Ramaswamy describes the creative process of choreographing Sacred Earth as using the classical language of Bharatanatyam—a dynamic, poetic tradition—to convey contemporary ideas. Or perhaps it's like working in sonnet form while speaking in tongues—a feat that Ramaswamy strives to achieve every day of her dancing life.

Ragamala Dance will perform the world premiere of Sacred Earth Sept. 23–25 at Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.206.3636. $15–$25.

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