Aparna Ramaswamy: Sangam (Convergence)
“Ramaswamy’s choreography shows . . . a kind of prayer through movement.”–Star Tribune
Choreographed in the South Indian classical Bharatanatyam style, the collaborative work Sangam (Convergence) is a dynamic physical interpretation of the virtuosic and compelling music of Speaking in Tongues. All performances will be accompanied by live music performed by Sowah Mensah (percussion); Enrique Toussaint (bass); Marc Anderson (percussion); and Gao Hong (pipa) and features dancers from Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, along with guest choreographer Mathew Janczewski.
Penelope Freeh: Telephone Joan
“A captivating dancer.”–The New York Times
In Telephone Joan, Freeh explores the portrayals of St. Joan of Arc throughout history—from religious zealot to woman warrior to martyred visionary—as a way of examining how “heroes” are defined in modern cultures. Her contemporary ballet takes an abstract, nonlinear approach, with a cast of dancers representing St. Joan in both body and spirit. Joining Freeh are a cast of dancers with divergent dance backgrounds: Stephanie Fellner, Christine Maginnis, Benjamin Johnson, and Robert Haarman.