'Written in Water' Bruce W. Palmer


Ragamala Dance Company: Written In Water

Daily from Jan. 27-28
8 p.m.
Jan. 29
2 p.m.

Ragamala Dance takes bharatanatyam, a 2,000-year-old South Indian dance form originally performed in Hindu temples, into the realm of total theater. This internationally acclaimed company’s latest work, Written in Water, unites the Indian board game Paramapadam, an early version of Snakes and Ladders, with the 12th-century Sufi poem “The Conference of the Birds,” which details a journey to attain enlightenment. To parallel the game’s theme of the unpredictable aspects of life, the splendid Ragamala dancers have incorporated improvisation into their highly codified movement. Large-scale projections of original paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav and Minneapolis artist Nathan Christopher, and a score played live that threads traditional South Indian music with jazz trumpet, create an environment both sensuous and contemplative.