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SHANTALA-2015

A DOCUMENTARY BY
EZRA BELOTTE-COUSINEAU

DIRECTED, WRITTEN & EDITED BY 

Ezra Belotte-Cousineau

 PRODUCED BY 

Ilter Ibrahimof - Sunny Artist Management Inc

CO-PRODUCTION

La Petite Caisse de Boubou, Kathy Corey & Dr. Mruthyunjaya (Jay)

 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Valérie Cusson

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Audrey-Anne Bouchard

 WITH THE SUPPORT OF

E.M.P.A.C. Rensselaer University & Hélène Listerlin – Dance Curator

 ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE A COURTESY OF
Simon Brook «SUR UN FIL» (2012)

 «Le Fil de la Danse», Les Films du Caducée,
& Marianne et Claude Maurin (1989)

EDITING CONSULTANT

John Blouin

 CONTEMPORARY & CLASSICAL PROGRAMS BY
Shantala Shivalingappa 

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DURATION : 52 minutes
 

SHANTALA is a 52-minutes portrait of dancer-choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa: the film follows her across the world, allowing us to witness how this extraordinary artist expresses the unique cultural and spiritual traditions of Kuchipudi, the classical Indian dance form she practices, and revealing as well her journey in contemporary dance, through diverse collaborative works of sheer beauty and deep emotion.

SHANTALA was shown in prestigious dance film festivals around the world, such as CINEDANS Dance on Screen Amsterdam, Festival Cinédanse in Quebec City, Tanzrauschen Intenational Dance on Screen Wuppertal, Intermezza dance film festival and Tanečních Filmů Prague and Shall we dance? in Cologne.

A production of Sunny Artist Management and La Petite Caisse de Boubou, in collaboration with Empac - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

CHOREOGRAPHER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PERFORMER

DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY  Marlene Millar & Philip Szporer (Mouvement Perpétuel, Montréal)
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY Kes Tagney

EDITING OF TEASER Saria Chatila

Filmed on location in Anegundi and Hampi, India in February 2017.

The production was made possible with the generous support of : Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Kishkinda Trust/Shama Pawar (Anegundi),
and Danse Danse (Montréal).

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DURATION : 15 minutes

VIEW THE PROGRAM NOTES

 

«A film of great elegance, centered on an exceptional performer. Shantala Shivalingappa… is able to compete inside the image and within this majestic landscape, and makes the landscape move with her. The cinematography is beautiful but never intrudes into the experience; the sound connects the dancer with the ground she dances on; the film skilfully weaves together its elements to create a beautiful portrait of a dancer.»

– Cinedans, Amsterdam

BHAIRAVA evokes facets of Shiva, the Lord of Dance, as both the destroyer of evil and the guardian of time. He is fierce and drives terrible deeds, but he is also the Divine Protector and Supreme Guardian; his intention springs from pure compassion. In this work, carried by a strong and deeply evocative musical score and by the singular energy of the ancient site of Hampi, dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa embodies the presence and distinctive qualities of Bhairava. With her technical mastery and refined expressivity, she alternates between moments of precise symbolic gestures and more abstract body language surging from the powerful and omnipresent persona of Bhairava, creating a vivid incarnation of the deity.

BHAIRAVA was directed and produced by veteran dance-filmmakers Marlene Millar & Philip Szporer (Mouvement Perpétuel, Montréal) with cinematography by Kes Tagney. This 15-minute site-specific dance for camera film was filmed on location in Anegundi and Hampi, India in February 2017. The production was made possible with the generous support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Kishkinda Trust/Shama Pawar (Anegundi), and Danse Danse (Montréal).

AWARDS

BHAIRAVA
LIGHT MOVES FESTIVAL OF SCREENDANCE
Limerick, Ireland – November 2017

AWARD : Light Moves Festival Prize for Outstanding Overall Work

Shortlisted : Innovative Use of Sound/Music, Best Choreography and Performance

FIVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE SCREEN FESTIVAL

Barcelona, January 2018

FINALIST

 

CINEDANS

Amsterdam, March 2018

AWARD: Silver Prize

SHORT WAVES FESTIVAL

Poznan, Poland, March 2018

AWARD: Dances with Camera Audience Award

Honourable mention : Jury, Dances with Camera

 

YORKTON FILM FESTIVAL

Yorkton, May 2018

Nomination : Performing Arts and Entertainment award