|Here’s the news from Shantala’s side: remounts, collaborations, and anew creation! We’re happy: it’s springtime!|
Back from Touring
Peer Gynt | Irina Brook
Premiered in July 2012 at the Salzburg Festival, Irina Brook’s Peer Gynt was on tour in France from January to March in Nice, Paris, Narbonne, Mâcon, Pau, La Rochelle, Angoulême and Pontoise…a grand reunion of the wonderful troupe for this remount!
Brook’s fiercely fresh vision of the piece is given a spiky freedom by the jumpily livewire songs provided by Iggy Pop and by the specially written poems by American dramatist Sam Shepard that take Ibsen’s original ideas and sentiments (themselves originally written as verse) and turn them into laconically rebellious lyrics (…) Brook, hugely talented daughter of the great Peter, stages the trials with an indelible vividness. Unforgettable.
Paul Taylor, The Independent
|© Peer Gynt 2014 | Monika Ritterhaus|
|Swayambhu | Kuchipudi | Shantala Shivalingappa
BACH – day 1 |Sonia Wieder-Atherton – Shantala Shivalingappa
Louvre of Abu Dhabi, from 30th March to 6th April 2018
Shantala was invited to present two different programs between March 30th and April 6th for the inaugural season of the prestigious and brand new Louvre Abu Dhabi: To start with, Shantala and renowned Cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton , performed their duet « BACH – Day 1 », directed by Stéphane Ricordel, on one of the beautiful open-air terraces of the museum, surrounded by water, thus merging with Jean Nouvel’s minimal and pristine architecture. A few days later, accompanied by her four musicians from South India, Shantala danced Swayambhu, a Kuchipudi recital centered around the figure of Shiva, the Lord of dance. The program was greeted by a standing ovation by the enthusiastic audience!
|© Swayambhu 2010 | Hector Perez|
Impro Sharana | Shantala Shivalingappa – Ferran Savall
Teatro Nacional Saõ João | 4th, 5th, 6th May 2018
Impro Sharana, concert for a dancer by Ferran Savall and Shantala Shivalingappa was back on stage for a remount in Porto!
This program was premiered in 2014, commissioned by the prestigious Mercat de le Flors (Barcelona) and its director Francesc Casadeus to coincide with the release of Ferran Savall’s album IMPRO. This « concert for a dancer », in which music and movement are constructed together, connects Ferran’s soulful music and Shantala’s dancing, accompanied by Driss El Maloumi (Oud), David Mayoral (Drums), Jordi Gaspar (Double-bass), Nedyalko Nedyalkov (Kaval).
© Impro Sharana 2014 | Gorgio Pace
Shantala on the big screen
We had told you about the world premiere of Bhairava, a short-film by Marlène Millar and Philip Szporer, well since then it has won two awards!
BHAIRAVA (short-film) | Marlene Millar et Philip Szporer
|© Bhairava – Marlene Millar et Philip Szporer
|aSH | By Aurélien Bory for Shantala | Production Cie 111 – Aurélien Bory
Festival Montpellier Danse | 27th to 29th June 2018
“I met Shantala Shivalingappa in 2008, in the corridors of the theatre, in Dusseldorf with Pina Bausch. (…) It was a time of strong convergence that seems almost unreal to me, considering that it brought together a number of elements which were going to be significant to my path and to that of Shantala’s.(…) I pictured Shantala dancing on ash for aSH, the title of which is made up of the initials and last letters of her name. Ash is not merely the solid residue of perfect combustion : it is a process. Ash is a fertiliser. It is part of a cycle of death and birth. Ash therefore possesses the potentiality of life. Is this why it is sacred in India? Shantala constantly travels back and forth between Madras where she was born, and Paris where she lives. Her dance mirrors this perpetual swinging, somewhere between Hindu mysticism and quantum physics. aSH is the final opus in the trilogy of portraits of women, ten years after it began in 2008 with Questcequetudeviens? (What’s Become of You ?), followed by Plexus in 2012. In this trilogy, my starting point is not space, which is my usual subject matter in theater, but a woman, a person who has her own story. This trilogy is about a living being unfolding through dance. With aSH, Shantala Shivalingappa dances beyond herself. In a set designed from ash and vibrations, she incarnates Shiva who propels the world into manifesting and allows space to dance.»
WORLD PREMIERE Festival Montpellier Danse,
© aSH 2018 | Cie 111
|Néfès | A piece by Pina Bausch | creation 2003 (Opernhaus Wuppertal)
Théâtre des Champs Elysées | 2nd-12th July 2018
Shantala is a guest dancer in this piece by the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal – Pina Bausch which will be at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris in July for nine evenings.