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“[Ashwini] weaves together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine. There is a continual flow of energy coursing through her limbs.”

— The New York Times

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I have spent years

steeped in the south Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam. I am committed to maintaining the beauty, technique, rigor, and values embedded in the form as it has been taught to me, while creating my own personal vision of women’s representation in performance. Like a phantom limb, my Indian ancestry lingers within me, informing my artistic work and daily interactions; my upbringing in both India and the U.S. has encouraged an aesthetic perspective with a hybrid internal compass.

As an artist of diaspora, I am a cultural carrier with an instinct to move within ancestral patterns. There is a continuum between what we perceive as real/tangible and what we accept as unknown/unknowable; this gravitation between the human, the natural, and the metaphysical—which are forever engaged in sacred movement—is a focal point in my work.

“On stage we see unfold the rational thought behind Ashwini's carefully considered movement, yet the overall effect is one of utter enchantment. For one hour we are transported into an exquisite dream state.”

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

Let the Crows Come

Ashwini’s newest project is commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestr'a’s Liquid Music Series and was created in part through a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, UNC Chapel Hill, and a fall 2019 Production Residency at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron.


October 20-25, 2019

Production Residency
The National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron

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Let the Crows Come Performance Schedule

PREMIERE | November 8-9, 2019

The Lab Theater
Minneapolis, MN

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November 10, 2019

Carleton College
Northfield, MN



April 14, 2020

Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst
Amherts, MA

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March 6, 2020

Lanesboro Arts
Lanesboro, MN



April 17, 2020

The Ware Center
Millersville, PA

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Ragamala Dance Company
Performance Schedule

Written in Water | February 8, 2020

College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University
St. Joseph, MN

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Written in Water | February 15, 2020

The Ordway
St. Paul, MN

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Sacred Earth | May 9, 2020

Sheldon Theater
Red Wing, MN

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About Ashwini 

Ashwini Ramaswamy has studied Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company's Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy—her mother and sister—since the age of five.

She now has the honor of studying under Bharatanatyam legend Alarmél Valli, one of the greatest living masters of the form. She has toured extensively with Ragamala, performing throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, the U.K, and India. Ashwini is a 2013 McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, a 2019 McKnight Artist Fellow for Choreography, 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, as well as the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Artist Initiative grants, two Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Next Step Fund grants, and two Jerome Foundation Travel Study grants. Her work is supported by MSAB, MRAC, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s (MAAF) USArtists International program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts' (NEFA) National Dance Project.

Ashwini's choreographic work has been presented by Augsburg College, the Ritz Theater, the Red Eye Theater, and the Cowles Center (Minneapolis, MN); Triskelion Arts, The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), The Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K), and The Yard (Martha's Vineyard). 

Let the Crows Come is commissioned by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, and is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project and the MAP Fund (both supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), and was developed in part during residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY), and the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (OH).

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