Aparna Ramaswamy

Aparna Ramaswamy

They Rose at Dawn
$25 - $40
Ticket Prices: 
Regular - $25
VIP (Saturday Only) - $40
Accompanied by a Carnatic musical ensemble

“Ramaswamy is a vision of sculptural lucidity whose dancing brings a full-boded awareness to complex rhythms and shifts of dynamics”  -- The New York Times
In this solo work, women are depicted as carriers of ritual. Navigating inner and outer worlds, they invoke a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. A stellar Carnatic musical ensemble accompanies Ramaswamy as she explores the spontaneous interplay between music and movement and the dynamic contours created by the artists onstage.

They Rose at Dawn was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Feb 19
Fri @ 8:00pm
Feb 20
Sat @ 8:00pm


Under the direction of mother-daughter Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala’s work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the contemporary. Raised both in India and the U.S., Aparna Ramaswamy (Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer) is a long-time disciple of the legendary dancer/choreographer Alarmél Valli. With this hybridic perspective, Aparna approaches her idiom—the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam—as a living language through which to create works that speak to the contemporary experience. 

Ranee and Aparna’s work has been presented by the Joyce Theater (New York), the Walker Art Center, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Krannert Center (University of Illinois), the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland), Opening Nights Performing Arts (Florida State University), American Dance Festival (NC), National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), and the Arts Center at NYU-Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).