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SHANTALA

SHIVALINGAPPA

« Dance and music are powerful catalysts that can propel you to a heightened state of being, a dimension beyond the perception of our senses where we can experience a flow of pure energy that seems to connect us to the source of existence itself.  »

© Laurent Paillier

 « Luminosity and clarity defined her, as if she were made of light and glass. »
- Financial Times

©Laurent_Paillier

Born in Madras, India, brought up in Paris, Shantala is the child of east and west. She grew up in a world filled with dance and music, initiated at a tender age by her mother, dancer Savitry Nair.

Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam’s pure and graceful style, Shantala dedicated herself to Kuchipudi, and received an intense and rigorous training from her master.

Driven by a deep desire to bring Kuchipudi to the western audience, she has performed in important festivals and theatres (such as: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Sadler’s Wells–London, Mercat de les Flors-Barcelona, Jacob’s Pillow Festival-USA, New York City Center, Herbst Theatre-San Francisco), earning praise and admiration from all. Acclaimed as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs in India and Europe, Shantala combines a perfect technique with flowing grace and a very fine sensitivity. Since the age of 13, she also had the privilege of working with some of the greatest artists of our times : Maurice Béjart «1789…et nous», Peter Brook for whom she played Miranda in «The Tempest» and Ophelia in «Hamlet», Bartabas «Chimère», Pina Bausch «O Dido», «Néfès», and «Bamboo Blues», Amagatsu «Ibuki». Such experiences make her artistic journey a truly unique one.

Today, Shantala shares her time between touring with her solos and expanding her own choreographic work in the Kuchipudi style. Passionate about human encounters and the artistic journey they trigger, she also revels in collaborating with various artists in the exploration of dance, music and theatre. In 2013 Shantala was awarded the prestigious «Bessie» dance award in New York City for her Kuchipudi solo «Shiva Ganga».
 

In 2014, she performed in «AM I», a piece by Sydney-based «Shaun Parker & Company» at the Sydney Opera House, with a cast of 13 Australian dancers and musicians.

She also created «Blooming» with Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley, a wizard in jookin’, an exhilarating street-dance style from Memphis, Tennessee.

In 2014 and 2015 she worked on two projects in Barcelona: first «Impro-Sharana» a danced-concert with her long-time friend the Catalan singer Ferran Savall and four musicians, and then «We Women» Sol Pico, Julie Dossavi, and Minako Seki. In 2017, Shantala co-created «BACH-Jour 1» with cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton and stage director Stéphane Ricordel. This program was performed at the Louvre - Abu Dhabi, and at Théâtre Montfort in Paris. In 2018 was the premiere of «aSH» a piece by Aurélien Bory for Shantala. This final part of Aurélien Bory «Trilogy of Portraits» was premiered at the Festival Montpellier Danse in June 2018, and is since on tour in Europe and worldwide, to great acclaim.

CHOREOGRAPHER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PERFORMER
Shantala Shivalingappa

ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY Vempati Ravi Shankar

ARTISTIC ADVISOR Savitry Nair

RYTHM CREATION B.P.Haribabu & N.Ramakrishnan

LIGHTING DESIGNER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Nicolas Boudier

SET DESIGN Shantala Shivalingappa & Nicolas Boudier

VOCALISTS  J. Ramesh, B.P.Haribabu & N.Ramakrishnan

FLUTE  K. S. Jayaram

COPRODUCTION Per Diem & Co – Pierre Barnier

Centre National de Création et Diffusion Culturelles Châteauvallon

Centre Chorégraphique National de Roubaix – Carolyn Carlson

Sunny Artist Management Inc., Montreal, Canada

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket Massachusetts, USA

International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut USA

DURATION : About 1h25

CREW : 1 dancer, 4 musicians, 2 technicians, 1 tour manager

SET-UP : One day prior to the show

STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 40’ / Depth 33’  / Height 18'
for proscenium arch minimum opening (12.2m x 10m x 5.5m)
Lighting grid ideal minimum height 23‘ (7m)
Wall to wall stage width 46’ (14m)
OUTREACH : 2 Films available for your audience 

In Sanskrit, AKASHA means Sky or Space.

It is said that Akasha originates in sound, which is a vibration, or said another way, a form of energy and movement. This Space is manifested in various ways at different levels of perception. Starting from the space we perceive around us, the space which surrounds us, the space of the universe which contains everything we know (in Indian thought, this Space is the fifth element and completes the four-fold Air, Water, Fire, Earth), and ending in its subtlest form : that of Space beyond space-time. The Infinite, Undefinable, Space of Being. Inconceivable by mind, imperceptible to senses, it pervades, as well as holds and contains all that exists.

 

Akasha is self-luminous and the Source of Everything. Through the vibrations of sound and movement, through the pure, timeless energy that emanates from them, that Infinite Space rises, boundless within our own self, one can almost feel it expanding.

AKASHA was presented among others, in theses prestigious venues : The Institute Of Contemporary Art (Boston, Massachusetts), International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, Connecticut), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Beckett, Massachusetts), Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill, North Carolina).

 « Gorgeous cannot even begin to describe Shivalingappa moving through space. »
- The Globe and Mail 

CHOREOGRAPHER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PERFORMER

Shantala Shivalingappa

ARTISTIC ADVISOR Savitry Nair

RYTHM CREATION B.P.Haribabu & N.Ramakrishnan

LIGHTING DESIGNER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Nicolas Boudier

SET DESIGN Shantala Shivalingappa & Nicolas Boudier

COPRODUCTION

Per Diem & Co – Pierre Barnier, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris

DURATION : About 1h20

CREW : 1 dancer, 4 musicians, 2 technicians, 1 tour manager

SET-UP : One day prior to the show

 STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 33’ / Depth 30’ / Height 18'

for proscenium arch minimum opening (10m x 9.1m x 5.5m)

Lighting grid ideal minimum height 25’-30’ (7.6m - 9.1m)

Wall to wall stage width 46’ (14m)

OUTREACH : 2 Films available for your audience 

SWAYAMBHU [swaj-ãmbu] «that which manifests by itself» or, «which appears spontaneously».

In Sanskrit, this term refers to a stone or rock whose shape naturally resembles the features of a certain deity, such as Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, or Shiva the Lord of Dance.

On a more subtle note, Swayambhu is the spontaneous and sudden experience of an altered sense of reality. A moment of absolute lucidity, where Reality reveals its true nature : an infinite field of Unity, Fluidity, Energy.

The dancer becomes an artisan-alchemist. She opens up her tool-kit: movement, gesture, rhythm, dynamic, facial expressions, music, words, use of space, light, aesthetic, intention, spirit, each element finely polished, sharpened, weighed, admired, and then handled with infinite care, gentleness, love. She seeks the right combination of materials, which will give rise to a pure expression. A pure vision whose light has been calling, but whose form has never clearly shown itself, and which may now appear spontaneously, thanks to the magic of alchemy : for a fleeting moment, watch the veil of Illusion fall, and reveal the Infinite…

SWAYAMBHU was presented among others, in theses prestigious venues : Skirball Center (New York), San Francisco Performances (San Francisco), Kennedy Center - Maximum INDIA festival (Washington DC), Fall For Dance Festival - The City Center (New York).

 « It’s tempting, [...], to call Ms. Shivalingappa divinely gifted. »
- New York Times

WHERE TO SEE
SHANTALA NEXT

aSH - Contemporary Dance

A piece by Aurélien Bory (Cie.111) for Shantala Shivalingappa 

EUROPE 2019-2020

November, December, January, February, March and May

 

SWAYAMBHU EXCERPT - Kuchipudi / Classical Indian Dance

CANADA 2019 TORONTO - Fall for Dance North Festival,
October 4th and 5th

EUROPE 2020

ITALY - Teatro Biondo, May 2d, 3 d and 4th

FRANCE - Opéra d'Angers, May 13th, Opéra de Rennes - May 17th, Opéra de Nantes - May 20 th

 

AKASHA - Kuchipudi / Classical Indian Dance

USA 2019 NEW YORK - Joyce Theater, October 8th to 12th

Europe representation by [H]ikari Production (Nantes, France)

Contact : Gaëlle Seguin

Phone : + 33 (0) 983 018 100

Email : h-ikari@h-ikari.com

www.h-ikari.com