Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy (mother and daughter) explore the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the contemporary. Drawing from the myth and spirituality of their South Indian heritage, they make dance landscapes that dwell in oppositionâ€”secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillnessâ€”to find the transcendence thatÂ lies in between. Their commitment to Bharatanatyam is the bedrock of a creative aesthetic that prioritizes truthful emotion above all else.
The company has been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project, the MAP fund, and the McKnight Foundation among others. Ragamala has toured extensively, highlighted by performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, Music Center in Los Angeles, CA, Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA, Krannert Center in Urbana, IL, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Bali Arts Festival in Indonesia, and National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.
Ragamala Dance tours regularly with a company comprised of 4-6 dancers and 4-5 musicians, plus 1-3 staff and crew.