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Ragamala presents Alarmél Valli

at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Ragamala Dance Company launches its 25th anniversary home season with an evening of dance by legendary dancer/choreographer Alarmél Valli. Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy have been studying Bharatanatyam under Ms. Valli since they met her in the Twin Cities in 1984; their training with this master artist formed the foundation of their aesthetic and has been fundamental to the work of the company.

Acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry, Alarmél Valli’s dance is uncompromisingly classical, but is, at the same time, an undeniable language of self-expression. Her work blurs the boundaries between tradition and the individual talent, inheritance, and invention. In her choreography, the Bharatanatyam idiom is not merely a received grammar, but a reinvented one.

In recognition of Alarmél Valli’s contribution to dance, in 2004, she was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours – the ‘Padma Bhushan’, conferred by the President of India. In the same year, the Government of France conferred on her the Chevalier of Arts and Lettres. Amongst numerous awards received, are the President’s award of “Padmasri”, the Tamilnadu State Government award of Kalaimamani, the ‘Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris’ from the City of Paris and the Award of the Sangeet Natak Akademy- the apex body for music, dance and drama in India.

AF Members are invited to two evenings:
Alarmél Valli Artist Talk
The Moving Temple: Dance and the Divine
Thursday, Sept 14 | 7 pm
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing ArtsAlarmél Valli Bharatanatyam Performance
Saturday, Sept 16 | 7:30 pm
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Lecture and Demonstration, $15
Evening of Bharatanatyam Dance, $29
Package for both evenings, $40
For more details and to buy tickets, visit their website.
AF Members receive a $2 discount on each ticket with the code from our office. Call AFMSP at 612 332 0436 for the code! 

Bideew Bou Bess at the Cedar Cultural Center

Sunday, Sept 17, Doors: 7 pm, Show: 7:30 pm

BIDEEW BOU BESS (“New Star” in the Wolof language) is a performing group of three brothers: Moctar, Baïdy and Ibrahima Sall. The trio is recognized throughout Senegal for their innovative mix of musical genres and languages, as well as for their attention and commitment to important social issues at home and abroad.

Natives of Podor, the brothers relocated to Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, where as young hip-hoppers they began performing in 1994.

After winning a contest organized by the Ministry of Education in 1996, they caught the attention of Senegalese cultural icon Youssou Ndour. Three years later, in 1999, the brothers released their debut cassette, Ndékété Yoo!, produced by Ndour for his Jololi label. The title track, “Ndékété Yo”, featured an appearance by Wyclef Jean and became an instant hit, along with another track, “Ouh Ah”. The album topped the charts, sending Bideew Bou Bess on their trajectory toward stardom.

Today, Bideew Bou Bess are experienced and articulate performers with a clear sense of their place in the world’s ever-changing music scene.

In September 2016, they released their latest single, “Belle,” which received more than 200,000 views on YouTube within the first 3 weeks, while gaining momentum on TV and radio stations throughout West Africa.

Bideew Bou Bess has signed with the U.S.-based New African Production for exclusive representation in North America, and is currently gearing up for another U.S. tour in 2017-2018.

For more details and to buy tickets, visit their website.
AF Members receive a $5 discount on each ticket with a special code from our office. Call AFMSP at 612 332 0436 for the code! 

 

 

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