The dance was mesmerizing and thought-provoking. Each gesture, facial expression, every single movement of each dancer was part of an intricate language.
Nadel described it as "almost being poetry in sign language."
In this case, the poem of the dance, "Sacred Earth," is people and nature living in harmony.
Of course, the language is unfamiliar and without some translation here and there, some of the message will invariably get lost in the translation.
Still, the troupe moved together with great precision without ever becoming mechanical.
It was fascinating and unusual -- exotic, but without seeming completely alien.
Ragamala Dance's "Sacred Earth" takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Clay Center. A dance workshop is being offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.