Ragmala Dance Company: Song of the Jasmine

  • Eisenhower Auditorium University Park, PA

Choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy of the Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Co, in collaboration with saxophonist-composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, The Song of the Jasmine, a Bharatanatyam dance work, takes inspiration from the writings of the Tamil mystic poet Andal, known for her devotion to the god Krishna. Western jazz fuses with South Indian music and dance to invoke both the sensual and the spiritual, the temporal and the transcendent.

Song of the Jasmine marks first-time collaborations for premier jazz saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa and the choreographers who dance illustriously with three dancers from their company. Mahanthappa plays with a quintet assembled of versatile jazz and South Indian musicians: Rez Abbasi (electric guitar), Raman Kalyan (South Indian flute), Rajna Swaminathan (nridangam/Douth Indian percussion). and Anjna Swaminathan (south Indian violin). The staging is completed by a stunning canopy of brass bells and costumes created in Chennai, Indai.

Please arrive 30 minutes early to receive equipment and to listen to pre-show informational notes. Tickets are required, and may be purchased online or by calling 1-800-ARTS-TIX.

Running time: 75 minutes.