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Inside the Dancer's Studio with Ashwini Ramaswamy
Inside the Dancer's Studio with Ashwini Ramaswamy

Fri, Mar 18


Studio 194, Guzzetta Hall

Inside the Dancer's Studio with Ashwini Ramaswamy

Join NCCAkron and choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN) for a live conversation on creativity, craft, and career.

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Time & Location

Mar 18, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

Studio 194, Guzzetta Hall, 228 E Buchtel Ave, Akron, OH 44325, USA

About the Event

Join NCCAkron this spring for Inside the Dancer’s Studio, a live conversation series with choreographers from around the country.

These free lunchtime talks explore creativity, the craft of choreography, and navigating an artistic career. All talks will take place on Fridays at 12:30 PM ET, in Studio 194 of Guzzetta Hall on The University of Akron Campus. (In the event that we need to shift to a virtual event, you will be sent a direct link to join us online.)

On Friday, March 18th come hear from Ashwini Ramaswamy (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)

As an independent choreographer, Ashwini Ramaswamy’s work references ancient myths and ritualistic practices, global literature and poetry, and the mixed media contemporary culture she has absorbed for 35 years, drawing from myriad influences to express a personal identity with collective resonance. Celebrated for her ability to “[weave] together, both fearfully and joyfully, the human and the divine” (New York Times), Ashwini studies Bharatanatyam from the legendary dancer/choreographer Smt. Alarmel Valli of Chennai, India, and Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Artistic Directors of Ragamala Dance Company.

Ashwini’s choreography was among the “Best of the Year” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Big Dance Town, and Minn Post, and has been presented by the Joyce Theater (NYC), Triskelion Arts (NYC), Cowles Center (Minneapolis), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), and Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K.), among others. Ashwini is a recipient of grants from the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Jerome Foundation, including a recent inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Ashwini’s work is supported by USArtists International, National Endowment for the Arts, and New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. A recent piece was commissioned by The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, and her work has been developed in residence at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY).

NCCAkron requires that all visitors adhere to the below agreements:

  1. NCCAkron requires audience members to provide COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, in addition to valid photo identification, upon entry to the event.  Proof of a negative test result received from a COVID-19 rapid test must be within 24 hours prior to entering the event; a negative test result received from a completed PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering. More information about COVID-19 testing is available on the Ohio Department of Health website.
  2. Everyone—regardless of vaccination status—is required to wear a mask/face covering in indoor public areas at The University of Akron.
  3. Do not visit NCCAkron if you have a fever or do not feel well, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.


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