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 | Irina brook© Peer Gynt 2014 | Monika Ritterhaus
Swayambhu | Kuchipudi | Shantala Shivalingappa
– 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 | (c) Hector Perez© 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
© 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 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

Cinedans Jury statement:
“A film of great elegance, centred on an exceptional performer: Shantala Shivalingappa. She is not dancing, she is danced – she has the skill to become the dance. Her musicality is sublime and she 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.”
Click here to see the trailer

Bhairava© Bhairava – Marlene Millar et Philip Szporer

 Next Performances 

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.»
Aurélien Bory – September 2017


WORLD PREMIERE Festival Montpellier Danse,
Théâtre de Grammont, CDN de Montpellier | 27th, 28th and 29th June 2018

aSH | Aurélien Bory

© 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.

Néfès |  from 2nd to 12th July 2018 (excluding 5th and 9th)
Théâtre des Champs Elysées, 15 avenue Montaigne, Paris 8e
Néfès - Pina Bausch
© Néfès | Ursula Kaufmann