|Minneapolis-based Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy invites you into the artistic process behind her multidisciplinary original work Let the Crows Come. Evoking mythography and ancestry, Let the Crows Come depicts crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. In a series of three dance solos, with music by three composers, this work deconstructs, extrapolates, and retrogrades Bharatanatyam and Carnatic to explore how memory and homeland channel both guidance and dislocation. Using these Indian forms as their point of inspiration, the artists explore deconstruction, iteration, and crossing cultures.
Let the Crows Come layers Ramaswamy’s visceral interpretation of ancestry, ritual, and tradition with a genre-defying evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries.
“‘Magic realism’ is a technique often used in literature but Ashwini imports the concept into the dance world.” – Star Tribune