© Hector Perez


Conception, artistic management and performer : Shantala Shivalingappa

Rhythm Creation  : B.P.Haribabu & N.Ramakrishnan

Costumes : D.S.Aiyyelu

Lighting design / technical management : Nicolas Boudier

Nattuvangam & Pakhawaj (Cymbales & Percussions) : B.P.Haribabu

Singing : J.Ramesh

Mridangam (Percussions) : N.Ramakrishnan

Flute : K.S.Jayaram

Producers :

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

Coproduction Théâtre de la Ville 2010

Duration : 1:20


Swayambhu: « 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 deitiy, 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, 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 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 a dance-music alchemy : for a fleeting moment,watch the veil of Illusion (Maya in sanskrit) fall, and reveal the Infinite…

Shantala Shivalingappa