June 13, 2018 (Becket, MA)—Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company opens the 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with a vibrant, contemporary take on the South Indian classical dance form Bharatnatyam in the Doris Duke Theatre, June 20-24. Praised for a “visionary approach to an ancient art form” (Dance Magazine), Artistic Directors and Doris Duke Performing Artist Awardees Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy honor the legacy of legendary Smt. Balasaraswati in an opening solo performance and present the evening-length work Written in Water, featuring a live ensemble of internationally celebrated musicians.

“Smt. Balasaraswati brought Bharatanatyam to the United States and to the Pillow in 1962. It is fitting that we celebrate the centenary of this legendary artist’s work with a performance by a U.S. based company founded by artists who, over five decades later, are some of this country’s most skilled and innovative practitioners of this form. I have asked Artistic Directors Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy to honor Balasaraswati legacy in a special way,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

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