A DOCUMENTARY BY
DIRECTED, WRITTEN & EDITED BY
Ilter Ibrahimof - Sunny Artist Management Inc
La Petite Caisse de Boubou, Kathy Corey & Dr. Mruthyunjaya (Jay)
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)
CONTEMPORARY & CLASSICAL PROGRAMS BY
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).
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).
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
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