National Dance Project - Ashwini Ramaswamy

Ashwini Ramaswamy receives NEFA National Dance Project support for new commission: 
NEFA's National Dance Project Announces Annual Awards
Ann Wicks, NEFA
July 19, 2018
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(BOSTON, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded $1,790,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support the creation of 20 new dance works that will tour the United States. 

Now in its third decade, NDP is widely recognized as one of the country’s major sources of funding and field building for dance, supporting both the creation and touring of new works. A panel of national dance artists and presenters selected these projects out of 148 competitive applications. The choreographers and companies from around the country include 19 U.S. artists, 12 of which are first-time NDP Production grant recipients, as well as one international collaboration. Each project will receive $45,000 for the creation of the new work, and U.S. based artists will also receive $10,000 in unrestricted general operating support. A total of $700,000 is allocated to support U.S. organizations to present these works.  

“These new dance creations will connect powerfully with audiences across the United States in the years to come, and we are excited to invest in these artists. We have introduced new initiatives such as community engagement awards and travel grants that will support the success of these projects even further,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards. “This would not be possible without the continued support of our funders and partners.”

NDP has invested more than $37 million in funding to artists and organizations to strengthen partnerships and bring dance into communities across the U.S. To date, NDP has supported the creation of over 432 new choreographic works that have toured to all 50 states and Washington, DC, reaching over 3 million audience members.

NEFA's National Dance Project is generously supported with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with funding for special initiatives from the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, and the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation.

The 2018 NDP Production grant recipients are:

  • A.I.M, Untitled D'Angelo Project, New York, NY

  • Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, LAZARUS, New York, NY

  • Ashwini Ramaswamy, Let the Crows Come, Minneapolis, MN

  • Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, When Birds Refused to Fly, Philadelphia, PA

  • Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo, East Elmhurst, NY

  • Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X, (Re)current Unrest, Austin, TX

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem, New Work by Claudia Schreier, New York, NY

  • Dohee Lee Puri Arts, MU/巫: 9 Goddesses, Oakland, CA

  • Embodiment Project, XXX rated planet: the epigenetics of femicide, San Francisco, CA

  • Invertigo Dance Theatre, Formulae and Fairy Tales, Los Angeles, CA

  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Chameleon, New York, NY

  • Liz Lerman, Wicked Bodies, Baltimore, MD

  • Lucinda Childs, Wendy Whelan, Maya Beiser, the day, Beacon, NY

  • Movement Art Is (Jon Boogz & Lil Buck), LOVE HEALS ALL WOUNDS, Las Vegas, NV

  • Raphael Xavier, Sassafrazz: Roots & Mastery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, POWER, Brooklyn, NY

  • RUBBERBANDance Group, Baumann Project (Working Title), Montreal, QC

  • Solo Magic, Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger, Seattle, WA

  • Staibdance, fence, Avondale Estates, GA

  • Wideman Davis Dance, Migratuse Ataraxia, Columbia, SC


Ragamala Dance Company voted Best Dance Company - City Pages Best of 2018

Best of the Twin Cities 2018
City Pages
April 19, 2018
Original Article

Best Dance Company

Ragamala Dance Company

Ever innovative in advancing the 2,000-year-old South Indian temple dance bharatanatyam into 21st-century iterations that traverse boundaries, the 25-year-old Ragamala Dance Company reached an apotheosis with Written in Water. Ranee (mother) and Aparna and Ashwini (daughters) Ramaswamy are masters of their form, with individual inflections that differentiate their performances. This piece was based on the Indian board game Paramapadam (the forerunner of Chutes and Ladders) and the 12th-century Sufi poem “The Conference of the Birds,” which details a journey through the seven stages to Enlightenment. It also incorporated such multicultural, multidisciplinary influences as paintings by Keshav (from Chennai, India) projected on the floor, and live music led by Iraqi-American jazz artist Amir ElSaffar.

Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

Official Press Release

Ranee Ramaswamy Fellowship Profile

Aparna Ramaswamy Fellowship Profile

For immediate release
April 5, 2018

2018 Fellows—United States and Canada

On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition.

The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is one of the unique characteristics of the Fellowship program. In all, forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, sixty-nine different academic institutions, thirty-one states, and three Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from twenty-nine to eighty. Sixty Fellows have no academic affiliation or hold adjunct or part-time positions.

Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation, is enthusiastic about the Fellows in the class of 2018: “It’s exceptionally satisfying to name 175 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $360 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, National Book Awards, and other important, internationally recognized honors.

The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. New and continuing donations from friends, Trustees, former Fellows, and other foundations have ensured that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation will be able to continue its historic mission. The Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation is once again underwriting the Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, and a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music is supporting supplemental grants for composers. For more information on the Fellows and their projects, please visit the Foundation’s website at