They Rose at Dawn

Aparna Ramaswamy Awarded a National Dance Project Production Grant for They Rose at Dawn

July 27, 2015

The New England Foundation for the Arts announced their support of the creation of 18 new dance works that will tour the United States, including Aparna Ramaswamy’s newest solo work, They Rose at Dawn.

These awarded works will be created by choreographers and companies with exceptional artistic voices and at different stages in their career, all of whom have a track record of professional production and touring. Eighteen projects were selected out of 124 competitive applications by a panel of national dance leaders who serve rotating three-year terms.

NEFA Executive director Cathy Edwards noted, “The impact of the National Dance Project in the creation and distribution of new dance works in the United States is extraordinary. This sustainable model, supported by visionary funders at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been critical to the choreographic landscape in the United States.”

They Rose at Dawn will premiere October 6-8 at The Joyce Theater in New York. Confirmed presenting venues include NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center (UAE), The Cowles Center (Minneapolis, MN), The McCarter Theater (Princeton, New Jersey), The Weitz Center at Carleton College (Northfield, MN), and Maui Arts & Culture (Maui, HI).

Since 1996, NDP has been a primary system of support for the contemporary dance field, supporting the creation and touring of new dance works.  In a field that has been historically under-funded, NDP remains the only national program dedicated to supporting individual dance artists and companies in a broad range of genres, whether established or emerging.  To date, including these awards, NDP has supported the creation of 359 new dance works, partnering directly with more than 350 U.S. presenting organizations to bring high caliber dance projects to all 50 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Each year, 20 to 25 different dance projects are featured in engagements in an average of 250 communities across the country. These touring engagements create new connections between community members and artists, offer unique opportunities for artistic growth, and increase access to the arts and the creative process. NEFA's National Dance Project Production and Presentation grants are generously supported with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

NYU Abu Dhabi is lead commissioner of Written in Water & will present the Middle East premiere of They Rose at Dawn

June 24, 2015

Ragamala will be traveling to New York University's campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for two weeks in October for the Middle East premiere of Aparna Ramaswamy's They Rose at Dawn (fresh off it's world premiere at the Joyce Theater in New York), and a developmental residency for the company's newest work, Written in Water. Additional commissioning partners include Opening Nights at Florida State University (Talahassee, FL), The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN) and The Yard (Chilmark, MA).

"We are thrilled that our first full season will include some of the world's most influential master artists, alongside innovative artists from younger generations, nearly all of whom will be performing in the UAE for the very first time," says Bill Bragin, The Arts Center Executive Artistic Director.

14 dancers and musicians will participate in the residency, which includes a site-specific performance of Sacred Earth as part of Sabab: A Creative Convening; the Middle East
premiere of They Rose at Dawn at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi;

development and rehearsals of Written in Water, including open rehearsals and work-in-progress showings; classes, lectures, and master classes/workshops led by Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy.

For more information, please visit the Arts Center website

The Joyce Theater to present Aparna Ramaswamy this October

May 20th, 2015

They Rose at Dawn premieres at
The Joyce Theater
October 6-8, 2015

"Rapturous and profound," says The New York Times about Aparna Ramaswamy, the Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer who makes her Joyce debut with They Rose at Dawn. In this solo work, women are depicted as carriers of ritual who navigate inner and outer worlds as they invoke a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. 

A stellar Carnatic musical ensemble accompanies Ramaswamy as she explores the spontaneous   interplay between music and movement and the dynamic contours created by the artists onstage.

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