In India, the jasmine flower traverses the world of man and the world of
the gods. This inspired new work freely moves between past and present,
composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of
longing through the lens of recollection, appeal and total surrender.
Guided the rich poems of the Tamil Bhakti poet Andal,
Ragamala Dance Company's Song of the Jasmine embodies the
spiritual and the sensual elements that are the lifeblood of the Indian psyche.
Mother and daughter choreographic team Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy collaborate
with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, known for his uninhibited
Learn more about the dancers and musicians
featured on this program and the traditional music and dance of India in the
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:
Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa is equally at home in the worlds of jazz and
traditional music. Explore his eclectic musical palette in these recordings,
available to be checked out of MSPAL for up to 7 days.
Included on this list is the documentary Solo: 1X2, which follows dancers and
choreographers Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy and five other McKnight Foundation
dance fellowship winners and their choreographers as they create dances in
different forms, including ballet, flamenco, bharata natyam and more. This
documentary features interviews with 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist Ranee
Ramaswamy and other nationally acclaimed dancers, and is a must-see for any
Learn more about bharata natyam and other traditional Indian dances from these