Ashwini Ramaswamy, Let the Crows Come

Ashwini Ramaswamy, Let the Crows Come


Mar 01 2023
Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts
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Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts

Adult $35 | Senior $30 | Non-UR Student/Youth $10 | UR Student $5

The title of Ashwini Ramaswamy’s new dance work – which is performed to live music by Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture) and Brent Arnold – refers to the Hindu practice of honoring ancestors through offerings of rice. When the crows come to eat the rice, says Ramaswamy, “it means your ancestors are telling you, ‘I’m OK. Keep living your life, but I’m always there with you.’” The piece features Ramaswamy’s South Indian movement tradition known as Bharatanatyam but also invites in the contemporary and Afro-Caribbean forms of Alanna Morris and the Gaga movement language practiced and taught by Berit Ahlgren. Each dancer offers an interpretation of the same Bharatanatyam solo, refracting its rhythmic footwork, sculptural postures, and intricate gestures through her own lens. Ramaswamy likens the structure to “a memory that’s experienced differently from person to person.”