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The enigma of night – which conceals and liberates, frightens and absolves – is the universe of Nocturne, created by dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy. Over three movements, Nocturne explores various realms: in Luna/Chandra, nocturnal creatures and settings that are dormant by day are free to roam and flourish only after sundown. Rapture/Pramodya envisions night as when love’s influence is at its strongest; the glowing anticipation of evening shifts to the fragile uncertainty of dawn. In Invocation/Yaman, the hours between midnight and sunrise are charged with spiritual vibrations; the atmosphere’s stillness is believed to be the best time to connect with the divine. Can the devotee find transcendence, or will he or she be distracted by tricks of the mind?
Performed by Ranee Ramaswamy, Aparna Ramaswamy, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Tamara Nadel, and Jessica Fiala
Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company creates work that conveys a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of universal celebration. Now in its 24th season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as, “soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious.” The company has toured extensively, highlighted by the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Lincoln Center (New York), The Joyce Theater (New York), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (U.A.E), Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K.), and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India).
Ragamala’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.), and Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University, and developed in residence at the Magee Allesee National Center for Choreography and during an NPN residency at The Yard. Ragamala has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Japan Foundation/New York, Minnesota State Arts Board, USArtists International, New Music/USA, MAP Fund, American Composers Forum, and two Joyce Awards from the Joyce Foundation.
Nocturne was developed in part through Red Eye Theater’s Isolated Acts program and generous support for Ashwini Ra-maswamy’s Kickstarter campaign.
The Yard is a NPN/VAN Partner of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit www.npnweb.org.