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aSH
A PIECE BY
AURÉLIEN BORY 
FOR SHANTALA
SHIVALINGAPPA

« Shantala’s dance resembles a kolam, a flour drawing made on the ground in the morning and destroyed by the wind during the day, and made again the following day. A geometry has embedded itself in her body through the movements of her Kuchipudi, repeated thousands of time. Circles, points, symmetries, spirals, fractals… her dance seems to be a representation of the very structure of the world. »
- Aurélien Bory, Artistic Director

© Aglaé Bory

 

« The viewer will remember the splendid impact of what he has just witnessed for a long time afterwards. »
- Le Figaro

I met Shantala Shivalingappa in 2008, backstage at a theatre in Dusseldorf, where she was a guest of Pina Bausch. It was the last Drei wochen mit Pina festival. Shantala danced in Nefes, and this is where she saw Plus ou moins l’infini. It was here that everything came together in a hugely powerful way. It seemed almost unreal to me because so many elements significant to my path and that of Shantala converged at once.

 

aSH is the final opus in the trilogy of portraits of women, ten years after it began in 2008 with Questcequetudeviens?, followed by Plexus in 2012. In this trilogy, where I take as a starting point not space – which is my usual theme in theatre –, but a woman, a person with a story; a living being who unfolds through dance.

 

Shiva, god of dance, dwells in Shantala Shivalingappa. According to the texts, Shiva has over one thousand names. He is a god of creation and destruction. Lord of cremation grounds, he covers his body with ashes. Shantala Shivalingappa has constructed her dance in the image of this god, whose vibration keeps the beat of the world.

 

I asked Shantala if she wanted to give the aSH a try. Ash is not merely the solid residue of perfect combustion : it is here a process. It is part of a cycle of death and birth which begins from nothing, the start of any form in the theatre, and leans towards an ephemeral form before disappearing. Shantala’s dance resembles a kolam, a flour drawing made on the ground in the morning and destroyed by the wind during the day, and made again the following day. A geometry has embedded itself in her body through the movements of her Kuchipudi, repeated thousands of time. Circles, points, symmetries, spirals, fractals… her dance seems to be a representation of the very structure of the world.

 

The way the syllables link together in Shantala Shivalingappa is a dance in itself. For aSH, a title made up of the first and last initials of her name, I would like the entire space to have a rhythm. I would like the space to express itself first as a vibration, which is then picked up, transformed and prolonged infinitely by the percussionist Loïc Schild. Shantala’s dance is created based on her journey from India to Europe, from Kuchipudi to Pina Bausch, from Shiva to Dionysus, god of theatre, who some say are born of the same god. Shantala is always travelling between Madras, her birthplace, and Paris, where she lives. Her dance is a perpetual pendulum, much like our meeting: somewhere between the Hindu mystique and quantum physics. 

Aurélien Bory - November 2018

PRODUCTION  Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory

COPRODUCTION (in progress)  ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Agora – PNAC Boulazac-Nouvelle-Aquitaine, La Scala – Paris, L’Onde Théâtre Centre d’Art, Vélizy-Villacoublay. With the participation of ENSATT-Lyon.

DESIGN, SCENOGRAPHY & DIRECTION  Aurélien Bory

CHOREOGRAPHY  Shantala Shivalingappa
with Shantala Shivalingappa

PERCUSSIONS  Loïc Schild

DRAMATURGY  Taïcyr Fadel

LIGHT DESIGN  Arno Veyrat

MUSIC  Joan Cambon

« Skilfully melding their worlds, choreographer and performer invite you on a permanent journey between ancestral culture and innovative technology, between fire and ice, east and west. »

Olivier Frégaville-Gratian d'Amore, MEDIAPART

DURATION : 60 minutes

CREW :  1 Dancer, 1 Artistic Director, 1 Musician, 3 Technicians, 1 Production Manager

SET-UP :  2 days prior to the show

STAGE DIMENSION : 

Minimum Width : 14 m 

Minimum Depth : 10 m 

Minimum Height : 7.5 m 

Proscenium Arch opening : 10 m 

Minimum Height to Proscenium Arch : 6 m 

Lights must be pre-hung, and sound ready

OUTREACH : 2 films are available for your audience

WHERE TO SEE aSH NEXT

2019

ROME (ITALY)

November 13th-15th - RomaEuropa Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica

MEYLAN (FRANCE)

November 26th-27th - Hexagone, National stage

MEYRIN (SWITZERLAND) 

November 30th - Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Geneva

TOULOUSE (FRANCE)

December 4th-14th (except mondays 9th and16th) - ThéâtredelaCité, CDN Toulouse, Occitania

2020

CAVAILLON (FRANCE)
January 14th - La Garance, National stage

PORTO (PORTUGAL)

January 18th-19th - Teatro Rivoli

CHARLEROI (BELGIUM)

January 31st-February-1st - Charleroi Danses, Les Écuries

VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY (FRANCE)

February 4th-5th - L’Onde Théâtre, Art Centre

CALAIS (FRANCE)

February 8th - Le Channel, National stage, La Halle

NANTES (FRANCE)

February 12th-13th - Le Grand T, Loire-Atlantique Theatre

LYON (FRANCE)

February 19th-20th - La Maison de la Danse

ALÈS (FRANCE)

February 25th - Le Cratère, National stage

IBOS (FRANCE)

February 28th - Le Parvis, Tarbes Pyrénées National stage

BELGRADE (SERBIA)

March 22nd - Belgrade Dance Festival, Atelje 212

BUDAPEST (HUNGARY)

March 27th-28th - Le Trafó

DUBLIN (IRELAND)

May 22nd-23d - Dublin Dance Festival, Abbey Theatre