Fires of Varanasi

Returning to the Earth


August 25


07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Exploring themes of mortality, ritual, and immigrant journeys. Performance excerpts and a panel discussion with faith and community leaders

Returning to the Earth integrates themes of life and death outside of one’s homeland. In excerpts from Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Fires of Varanasi, Ragamala Dance Company evokes a richly elaborate ritual where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Through images that reflect the cosmic trinity of Varanasi, India, the choreographers imagine a metaphorical crossing place where one may leave the mundane and enter into the world of immortality. A post-performance panel discussion with faith and community leaders navigates the space between the living and afterlife to explore end-of-life rituals that honor those who have passed.

This event is free, suggested donation £4