In India, the jasmine flower traverses the world of man and the world of the gods. This inspired work freely moves between past and present, composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal, and total surrender. Guided by the rich poems of Tamil Bhakti poet Andal, Song of the Jasmine embodies the spiritual and the sensual that are the lifeblood of the Indian psyche.
Ragamala Dance Company’s directors Aparna Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa on an exploration that conjures the past in order to experience the power of the present. Heralded for his “roving intellect and a bladelike articulation” (The New York Times), Mahanthappa heads a new ensemble that features Rez Abbasi (guitar), Raman Kalyan (south Indian flute), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam/south Indian percussion), and Anjna Swaminathan (violin) for a live soundscape of jazz and Carnatic music for Ragamala’s five dancers.