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Onion Fest: Play! in the Barn: Sacred Earth

Play! in the Barn: Sacred Earth
By Ragamala Dance Company


Sacred Earth is a performance by Ragamala Dance Company. This work explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. The dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Sacred Earth is Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy's singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man.


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Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragmala Dance Company's work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the contemporary. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition — secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness — to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work — the rich traditions, deep philosphical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with their hybridic perspective as Indian-American artists. 

Now in its 23rd year, Ragamala Dance Company’s Co-directors, Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, have developed over 30 full evenings of work, through which they have created their own specific sub-genre that combines a contemporary Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos. Ragamala creates work that conveys a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of universal celebration, offering new paradigms for cultural hybridity in the 21st century. 

Ragamala’s work is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, MAP Fund, New Music/USA, USArtists International, Japan Foundation, American Composers Forum, and a Joyce Award. Ragamala is an empaneled group with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (of the Government of India). 

Called “soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious"  (The New York Times), Ragamala’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center (MN), Lincoln Center (NY), Krannert Center (IL), Clarice Smith PAC (MD), Opening Nights at FSU (FL), and the Fine Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and presented by American Dance Festival (NC), Kennedy Center (DC), Music Center of L.A.(CA), University Musical Society (MI), Just Festival (U.K.), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia) & National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India).

Ragamala's performance and workshop are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.