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ONLINE — Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Meany On Screen: Feature Presentation

Dec 04Dec 11

Performance Dates

  • Fri Dec 04 2020 through Fri Dec 11 2020


Meany Center Digital Stage

Registration is required for all participants to access this free virtual event.

After you've registered in Eventbrite, we will send you links to both Written in Water AND The Fires of Creativity on Friday, December 4 before noon. Look for the links via the email you used to register for this event. 

Streaming December 4, 7:30 p.m. (PDT) — December 11, 11:59 p.m. (PDT)

The internationally acclaimed Ragamala Dance Company “imbues the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam with a thoroughly contemporary exuberance” (Dance Magazine). In the visually stunning Written in Water, Ragamala explores the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self.

Inspired by the ancient Indian board game Paramapadham, also known as “Snakes and Ladders,” dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation representing the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing. This large-scale, multimedia dance work unfolds amidst lush game-board projections of paintings from visual artist V. Keshav, and an original score by Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and Iraqi-American composer/musician Amir ElSaffar, accompanied by a live musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and South Indian instruments. The recently toured original work — conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy — expands Ragamala’s visionary approach to this ancient art form with the compelling Meany On Screen experience of Written in Water.


Ragamala shows how Indian forms can be some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.
The New York Times


World Dance Series generously sponsored by the Families of Delaney and Justin Dechant and Ira and Courtney Gerlich.