Choreographer, artistic director and performer : Shantala Shivalingappa | Choreographer : Vempati Ravi Shankar |Artistic advisor : Savitry Nair | Lighting designer and technical director : Nicolas Boudier | Rythm creation : B.P.Haribabu & N.Ramakrishnan | Costum : D.S.Aiyyelu | Singing: J. Ramesh | Nattuvangam and Pakhawaj : B.P.Haribabu | Mridangam : 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, Montréal, Canada ; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket MA USA International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven CT USA
duration: about 1:25.
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.
That Akasha is Luminous and the Source of All.
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.