Ragamala Dance at the Clay Center on 18th February

The indigenous Warli people of western India revere the land and uphold a deep belief in the balance between themselves and the earth. Using their everyday landscape as inspiration, they craft dynamic wall paintings that depict a life lived in purposeful coexistence with nature, using art to find the spiritual in the everyday.

In South India, kolams are drawn each morning with rice flour as concious offerings to Mother Earth. These daily rituals create a sacred space and become a link between the intimate home and the vastness of the outside world. Gone in the space of a day, kolams are a graceful reminder of beauty’s impermanence.

Against a backdrop of large-scale Warli paintings by Warli folk artist Anil Chaitya Vangad and on a stage covered with kolams, each dancer gives physical forms to these visual art traditions and honors their place in the contemporary world. Sacred Earth celebrates body and nature, soul and Earth, and the divine balance found in the universe’s continuous pulse.

Created with support from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

You won’t be able to take your eyes off of these expressive dancers. Combining innovative movement with classic beauty they push the boundaries of their traditional dance, while fully maintaining grace and authenticity. Catch them on Saturday, 18th February (8PM) at the Clay Center.