RAGAMALA DANCE COMPANY Written in Water West-Coast

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  • RAGAMALADANCECOMPANYWritteninWaterWest-CoastPremiereRaneeRamaswamy&AparnaRamaswamy,Co-ArtisticDirectorsPremaRamamurthy&AmirElSaffar,ComposersSaturday,October29at8pm(LosAngeles,CA)October3,2016-ValleyPerformingArtsCenterpresentsRagamalaDanceCompany,therenownedIndianensemble,ledbymother/daughter,RaneeRamaswamyandAparnaRamaswamyonSaturday,October29at8pmfortheWestCoastpremiereofWritteninWater.Theentireperformance,audienceandperformersalike,willbeheldontheVPACGreatHallstage;thecapacityisstrictlylimitedto250.AlastairMacaulaysaidinTheNewYorkTimes,RagamalashowedhowIndianformscanprovidesomeofthemosttranscendentexperiencesthatdancehastoofferthisisanexcellentcompany.RaneeandAparnaareprotgsofthelegendarydancerandchoreographerAlarmlValli,knownasoneofIndiasgreatestlivingmasters.Theircompanyworkexploresthedynamictensionbetweentheancestralandthecontemporary.Aschoreographersandperformers,RaneeandAparnacreatedancelandscapesthatdwellinoppositionsecularandspirituallife,innerandouterworlds,humanandnaturalconcerns,rhythmandstillnesstofindthetranscendencethatliesinbetween.Asmotheranddaughter,eachbringshergenerationalexperiencetotheworktherichtraditions,deepphilosophicalroots,andancestralwisdomofIndiameetingandmergingwiththeirhybridicperspectivesasIndian-Americanartists.WritteninWaterfeaturesacommissionedscorefromAmirElSaffar,knownforhisdistinctivealchemyofcontemporaryjazztrumpetandIraqiMaqam.HisscorewillbeinterwovenwithoriginalCarnatic(SouthIndian)compositionsbyIndia-basedcomposerPremaRamamurthy.Themusicalensemblewillfeaturesecond-generationAmericanartistsknownfordrawingontheirtrainingwithgreatmastersinIndiaandtheMiddleEasttoforgenewmusicalforms.(Instrumentation:vocals,trumpet,santur,violin,andmridangam)ThismotheranddaughterduohasonefootfirmlyplantedinthegreatesttraditionsofIndianClassicaldance,andtheotherfootdelicatelybalancedinthefuture,withimaginativenewcombinationsofmovement,music,andstorytelling,saidThorSteingraber,ExecutiveDirectorofVPAC.Thisbrandnewpiece,WritteninWater,willheexperiencedupclose,withtheaudiencesittingonVPAC'sstage.Steingrabercontinued,OnApril19,2017,VPACwillpresentanentirelydifferentsideofIndiandancewithTajExpress:TheBollywoodMusicalRevuewhichcapturesthevibrant,expressivespiritoftheworldofBollywoodmovieswithafusionoffilm,dance,andmusic--alivecinematicjourneythroughmodernIndiancultureandsociety.AboutWritteninWaterWritteninWaterisRaneeandAparnaRamaswamy'songoinginvestigationofParamapadam(the2ndcenturyIndianboardgameuponwhichSnakesandLaddersisbased),the12thcenturySufitextThe

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  • ConferenceoftheBirds,andthephilosophicalandspiritualunderpinningsofboth.Thegameboardservesasaphysicalandmetaphoricalframeworkforaworldofpsychologicalcomplexity,inwhichdancersandmusiciansmovefreelybetweencompositionandimprovisation.Theperformancewillunfolduponalarge-scaleprojectionofaParamapadamgameboardonthestageflooranoriginaldesigncommissionedfromChennai,India-basedartistKeshavV.Onthismetaphysicalmap,theseekers/dancersactivatethespacebynegotiatingsnakesandladderswhichrepresenttheheightsofecstasyanddepthsoflongingastheyjourneythroughthesevenvalleys(orstatesofbeing)centraltoTheConferenceoftheBirds.

    Singletickets,$43,areavailablenow.ThiswillbeageneraladmissioneventontheVPACGreatHallStage.Forticketandsubscriptioninformation,visitValleyPerformingArtsCenter.orgorcall(818)677-3000.ValleyPerformingArtsCenterislocatedonthecampusofCaliforniaStateUniversity,Northridge(CSUN),18111NordhoffStreetNorthridge,CA91330-8448,atthecornerofNordhoffandLindley.AboutRagamalaDanceCompanyFoundedin1992andacclaimedasoneoftheIndianDiasporasleadingdanceensembles,RagamalaDanceCompanyseamlesslycarriestheSouthIndianclassicaldanceformofBharatanatyamintothe21stcentury.Forthepast30years,Co-ArtisticDirectorsRaneeandAparnaRamaswamyhaveworkedtogetherinanintergenerationalcreativepartnership.Togethertheyhavecreatedtheirownspecificsub-genrethatcombinesacontemporaryWesternaestheticwithanIndianethos.Nowinits24thseason,RagamalasworkhasbeencommissionedbytheWalkerArtCenter,LincolnCenterOutofDoors,theClariceSmithPerformingArtsCenterattheUniversityofMaryland,theKrannertCenterforPerformingArtsattheUniversityofIllinois,theArtsCenteratNYUAbuDhabi(UnitedArabEmirates),andOpeningNightsPerformingArtsatFloridaStateUniversity,andhasbeendevelopedinresidenceattheMageeAlleseeNationalCenterforChoreography(MANCC)andduringanNPNresidencyatTheYard.ThecompanyhasbeenrecognizedwithgrantsfromtheNationalEndowmentfortheArts,NationalDanceProject,DorisDukeCharitableFoundation,McKnightFoundation,JapanFoundation/NewYork,MinnesotaStateArtsBoard,USArtistsInternational,NewMusic/USA,MAPFund,AmericanComposersForum,andtheJoyceFoundation.Thecompanyhastouredextensively,highlightedbytheAmericanDanceFestival,LincolnCenter,KennedyCenter,MusicCenterofLosAngeles,ChicagoMuseumofContemporaryArt,InternationalFestivalofArts&Ideas,UniversityMusicalSocietyattheUniversityofMichigan,JustFestival(Edinburgh,U.K.),BaliArtsFestival(Indonesia),SriKrishnaGanaSabha(Chennai,India),andNationalCentreforPerformingArts(Mumbai,India).CalendarListingforRagamalaDanceCompanyVenue: ValleyPerformingArtsCenter 18111NordhoffStreet Northridge,CA91330 Date: Wednesday,October5at8:00pmTickets: Price:$43

    PleaseNote:ThiswillbeageneraladmissioneventontheVPACstage InPerson:VPACTicketOffice,locatedintheVPACCourtyard

    ByPhone:(818)677-3000 Online:ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.orgPressContacts:TimChoy,NikiBlumberg,Davidson&ChoyPublicity

    323-954-7510|t.choy@dcpublicity.com;n.blumberg@dcpublicity.comGaryW.Murphy,PublicRelationsConsultant310-914-0178|gmurphypr@gmail.com

  • Photos:Clickhereforphotosfromthe2016-17Season:http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/press/press-photos/ RagamalaDanceCompanywebsite:www.ragamaladance.org

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