Ragamala Dance Company
World Premiere of Written in Water

Co-commissioned by Opening Nights Performing Arts & The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company has been hailed by The New York Times as “providing some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” In Written in Water, the dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders — which represent the heights of ecstasy and the depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi thought. The performance unfolds upon large-scale projections of original paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav, projected on the stage floor. Featuring an ensemble of dancers and musicians, Written in Water is composed by Amir ElSaffar, known for his distinctive alchemy of contemporary jazz trumpet and Iraqi Maqam, and renowned south Indian composer Prema Ramamurthy.