“[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
“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
The National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron
November 10, 2019
April 14, 2020
Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst
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).