‘SACRED EARTH’

By Jana Cunningham, communications specialist, University Marketing and Communications

ragamala-2As part of the UtahPresents 2016-17 season, Ragamala Dance Company will perform “Sacred Earth” at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and $20, with a $5 ticket for U students and a $10 ticket for non-U students and youth under 18. Tickets are available at 801-581-7100 or utahpresents.org.

Ragamala Dance Company was born out of the creative vision of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, a mother-daughter duo who collectively have received a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation, an Arts and Religion grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dance and Choreography, among many other awards. Their work explores the dynamism of the Indian dance form Bharatanatyam from its ancient roots to its contemporary possibilities.

“Sacred Earth” explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. The dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, “Sacred Earth” is a singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man.

The evening will begin with a showcase of Salt Lake’s own talented Bharatanatyam dancers, including ChitraKaavya Dance, founded by Srilatha Singh and Jyothsna Sainath’s Nitya Nritya Dance Company.

View a video clip of Ragamala below: