Ragamala Dance Company Workshop
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Ragamala Dance Co. Workshop

September 15

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Classes & Workshops season. This is an archived view.

Moving through the mythology and symbolism in the dance of Shiva.

21/22 Classes & Workshops

Shiva's dance symbolizes the rhythms of the entire cosmos. This Hindu deity represents both the destruction of illusion and the creation of enlightenment. Through demonstration, discussion and embodied participation, we will discuss and share the iconography, myths, and symbolism of Shiva, and his presence in Varanasi. This Bharatanatyam workshop is open to all levels.

Please wear clothes that allow you to move and please be prepared to dance in socks or barefoot. All participants will be asked to comply with Dartmouth's face-covering policy and Dartmouth College's COVID-19 visitor guidelines. Additional health screening requirements prior to event entry may be required.

Big Move with Ragamala Dance Company: Ritual, Gender and the Dance of Shiva


VIDEO: A virtual conversation between the artistic directors of the Ragamala Dance Company and Sara Swenson of the Dartmouth Religion Department.

This event is part of Big Move
Big Move is a new series that pairs inventive dance artists with wide-ranging areas of research here at Dartmouth. The series is part of the Hop's ongoing initiative to integrate the arts across Dartmouth's academic programs, leveraging artists and their work as springboards for interdisciplinary learning.

The Big Move Series is generously supported by Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein 1987.

Ragamala Dance Company (RDC) was founded in 1992 by Ranee Ramaswamy and is led by Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy and Choreographic Associate Ashwini Ramaswamy (mother and daughters). Rooted in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, the company has been hailed by The New York Times as "soulful, imaginative, and rhythmically contagious." Through the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala's work explores the myth and spirituality of their Indian heritage in order to engage with what they see as the dynamic tension between the historical, the ancestral, and the personal. Learn more about Ragamala Dance Company >
 

New to Dartmouth this fall, Sara Swenson is an Assistant Professor of Religion. Her specialties include Religions of Southeast Asia, Gender and Sexuality, Affect Theory, and Ethnographic Research Methods. This fall she is teaching a course entitled "Sisters, Sages, and Seekers."
 

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