march, 2020

fri06mar7:30 pm9:00 pm“Let the Crows Come” presented by Ashwini Ramaswamy & Ragamala Dance Company7:30 pm - 9:00 pm St. Mane TheatreAge:All agesCost:Cost/Fee

Event Details

Lanesboro Arts and Ragamala Dance Company are proud to present Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Let the Crows Come, a piece of experimental Bharatanatyam dance, at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Friday, March 6th
at 7:30 p.m. Commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid
Music Series and debuting in November 2019 in the Twin Cities, this
performance with recorded music in Lanesboro is an exclusive regional
date before the production goes on to tour the east coast in April 2020.
Let the Crows Come is a genre-twisting evolution of movement and music across cultural and corporeal boundaries. A student ticket rate of $5 is being offered to students 18 and under.

Master Dance Class Workshops at Coffee Street Fitness & Dance in
Lanesboro are taking place in conjunction with this performance: one
with Ashwini Ramaswamy on Thursday, March 5 and another with Alanna Morris-Van Tassel on Friday, March 6. Click here and here for more details!

Let the Crows Come
evolved from a simple idea; when a DJ remixes a song he/she/they
maintains its essence while changing its trajectory. To
Minneapolis-based dancer/choreographer Ramaswamy, this mutation is
reminiscent of being a second-generation immigrant – a person that has
been culturally remixed to fit into multiple places at once. Evoking
mythography and ancestry, Ramaswamy – a founding company member of the
internationally renowned Ragamala Dance Company – layers ritual,
tradition, deconstruction, iteration, and origin into an unforgettable
experience. Let the Crows Come uses the metaphor of crows as
messengers for the living and guides for the departed – and in the
process explores how memory and homeland channel both guidance and

In a series of three dance solos from Ramaswamy and Twin Cities’ dancer/choreographers Alanna Morris-Van Tassel and Berit Ahlgren,
the South Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam is deconstructed
and re-contextualized to evoke a memory that has a shared origin, but is
remembered differently from person to person. The dancers’ use of
imagery and narrative is accompanied, via recorded audio, by the soaring
voice of Carnatic singer Roopa Mahadevan and two other classical Indian
musicians, percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy and violinist Arun
Ramamurthy, performing an original score by Prema Ramamurthy. The
recorded accompaniment also features composer/DJ Jace Clayton and
composer/cellist Brent Arnold, who extrapolate from Ramamurthy’s
classical Carnatic score, utilizing centuries-old compositional
structures as the point of departure for looped sonic explorations that
incorporate pop music and electronic sounds.

“As an artist of
diaspora, I am a cultural carrier with an instinct to move within
ancestral patterns,” explains Ramaswamy. “There is a continuum between
what we perceive as real/tangible and what we accept as
unknown/unknowable; this gravitation between the human, the natural, and
the metaphysical—which are forever engaged in sacred movement—is a
focal point in my work.”

A not-to-be-missed evening of music and movement, Let the Crows Come
is innovative not for the sake of trendiness, but out of a sincere
curiosity about what the art form can can do. Recapping the November
premiere for the Star Tribune, columnist Sheila Regan wrote,
“The most compelling sections were when the three dancers performed
together, because the transference of impulse was so clearly evident,
rippling from one body to the next. This collaboration will live on as
the artists perform at future engagements. No doubt the initial premise
and exchange will deepen and grow as the artists continue to perform
together.” Pamela Epsland declared in MinnPost that, “Let the Crows Come
… was also one of the most complex and fully-formed Liquid Music events
we’ve seen. Liquid Music often presented works in progress, projects it
had commissioned or co-commissioned, and some were in their nascent
stages. But what we saw…was polished and sure.”

This event is
presented by Lanesboro Arts and sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Radio,
Commonweal Theatre, Inspire(d) Magazine, High Court Pub and Granny’s

The performance of Let the Crows Come in Lanesboro,
and related outreach events, is made possible by the voters of Minnesota
through an Arts Tour grant to Ragamala Dance Company from the Minnesota
State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts
and cultural heritage fund.


(Friday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


St. Mane Theatre

206 Parkway Ave N