Ragamala Dance can seemingly do no wrong. Year after year, the Twin Cities-based troupe, led by the mother-daughter collaborators Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, combines the beautifully gestural dance form Bharatanatyam with music and staging in marvelous and moving spectacles of poetic storytelling.
This weekend’s world premiere of “Dhvee (Duality)” promises to be no different. A visual, aural and kinetic extravaganza, the work features more than 25 dancers and musicians deployed to vividly animate three scenes from the sacred Hindu text Ramayana. The three vignettes form a triptych that explores the internal conflict between the animal and the divine within humanity.
The dance company welcomes Çudamani once again — the dance and gamelan ensemble from Pengosekan Village in Bali that performed in “Sethu (Bridge)” in 2004. (Yes, the Monkey King returns.) And the roles between dancers and musicians will overlap. As Ranee Ramaswamy has said: “Dancers sing, singers dance, and the audience will see the music and hear the dance.”