Joyce Theater


American Dance Platform 2017

ADP CURATOR: Alicia Adams

Work Performed: Kirana

About the Company

Company Website

"As Indian-American women working in an intergenerational creative partnership, we feel a dual responsibility to honor the traditions and wisdom of our birthplace while evolving them to new circumstances/places. We see Bharatanatyam as a dynamic, living tradition and potent tool to examine the contemporary human experience." — Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Co-Artistic Directors

Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy's Ragamala Dance Company is the embodiment of an immigrant story. We are a woman-led, family-run organization driven by artistic excellence. Through the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala’s work—on stage, in the community, and educating the next generation—exemplifies the intercultural identity of millions. Ragamala is committed to the idea that, while history is time bound, the stories we tell each other—through emotions and imagination—are timeless. Founded in 1992 by Ranee Ramaswamy, Ragamala is nationally recognized for multidisciplinary performance works and extensive community engagement and educational programs. Since 2002, the company has been under the leadership of Artistic Directors/choreographers Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy (mother and daughter). In 2017, Ashwini Ramaswamy joined her mother and sister in the company’s leadership as Choreographic Associate. 

Ranee and Aparna are recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, National Dance Project Creation awards, among others. Their performances have been presented widely nationally and internationally, from The Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Cal Performances, Lincoln Center, The National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, and the Bali Arts Festival. Their choreographic work has been commissioned by many, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Walker Art Center, American Dance Festival, and the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Funding Credits

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The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.  Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.