Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Farewell Legacy Tour, 11/6/11, 7 pm, Walker Art Center From the parking garage, I headed inside and proceeded into the line of well-dressed, smiling Minneapolitans eager to witness an historic performance of a legendary artist and his company. It had been a while since I had been a part of the dance world myself, and although I had seen dozens of company performances, I had never once seen the work of Merce Cunningham performed on stage. I came…
Concept by Ranee Ramaswamy
Filmed and Edited by Caitlin Hammel and Ranee Ramaswamy
Watch the premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 6:30pm CT on Facebook or YouTube. This premiere is presented in partnership with Ragamala Dance Company, the Weisman Art Museum and The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.
Lineage is short film that offers a window into Ranee Ramaswamy’s relationship with the art form of Bharatanatyam since immigrating to Minneapolis in 1978. From first meeting her teacher, Smt. Alarmel Valli, to exploring the work she has done – nationally and internationally – with her two daughters, Aparna and Ashwini, Lineage offers a visually dynamic narrative of one of the first Bharatanatyam lineages in the U.S.
This film was created in close collaboration with Caitlin Hammel, a Minnesota-based video artist who has filmed most of the performances within Lineage.
Ranee Ramaswamy is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.