Shantala Shivalingappa
newsletter # Fall 2017

A new work in progress, a Kuchipudi performance, Shantala on screen,  in a play, and in a concert, you will find all this in the Fall news!
Work in progress

aSH | from Aurélien Bory to Shantala Shivalingappa

PRODUCTION Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory

The big news is that Aurélien Bory and Shantala started to work together on a new piece entitled aSH, this past summer! aSH is the final opus in the trilogy of portraits of women, ten years after it began in 2008 with Questcequetudeviens?, followed by Plexus in 2012.

World Premiere at the Montpellier Danse
Théâtre de Grammont, CDN of Montpellier | 27th, 28th and 29th, June 2018

Next performances


AKASHA | KuchipudiSaturday 11th November 2017, 8.30pm LAC, Lugano Arte e Cultura, Sala teatro, Piazza
Bernardino Luini, Lugano, SwitzerlandThursday 14th November 2017, 8.30pm La Maison de la Danse, 8 avenue Mermoz, Lyon,
France.Watch the trailer
© Christopher Duggan | Akasha 2013
Shantala on screen

Within the last few years, two filmmakers captured Shantala’s majesty on screen; Ezra Belotte Cousineau shot a documentary, SHANTALA, and more recently, Mouvement Perpétuel (Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer) with Bhairava, a magnificent dance film shot in Hampi India.

World PremiereBHAIRAVA (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.

Watch the trailer

SHANTALA (documentary film) | Ezra Belotte-Cousineau
SHANTALA is a 52-minutes portrait of dancer-choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa: the film follows her across the world, allowing us to witness how this extraordinary artist expresses the unique cultural and spiritual traditions of Kuchipudi, the classical Indian dance form she practices, and revealing as well her journey in contemporary dance, through diverse collaborative works of sheer beauty and deep emotion.
Watch the trailer

These two movies will be sreened at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano Switzerland, Sunday 12th, November, starting at

Bhairava© Bhairava – Marlene Millar et Philip Szporer
And then what ?

Impro Sharana in spring 2018

Impro Sharana, concert for a dancer from Ferran Savall and Shantala, will soon be on tour! Stay tuned we’ll tell you more soon…

Ferran Savall and Shantala Shivalingappa collaborated  for the first time in 2005. In 2007, Pina Bausch chose a song recorded live in concert by Ferran, to accompany the Solo that she created for Shantala.  This piece, integrated in a show called “Namasya”, toured around the world. Then in 2008, Shantala requested Ferran’s presence on stage for a special private program for the French fashion house Hermès. In 2010, the two artists met again for the Festival Divinamente Roma where they premiered Bhavana, with Mario Mas playing Spanish guitar. In 2014, initiated by the prestigious Mercat de les Flors (Barcelone) and its director Francesc Casadeus, these two artists once more gather around a common project, on the occasion of the release of Ferran’s album IMPRO. This “concert for a dancer” is created around a subtle blend of Ferran’s music and Shantala’s unique dancing,
accompanied by Driss El Maloumi (Oudh), David Mayoral (Drums), Jordi Gaspar (Double bass), Nedyalko Nedyalkov (Kaval), where movement and music are built together.

Impro Sharana

© Imrpo Sharana 2014 | Gorgio

Peer Gynt | 2018 tour
Ibsen’s mythical play | adapted and directed by Irina Brook

Théâtre National de Nice
12 – 13 January 2018 | 8.30pm
Le Théâtre, scène nationale de Mâcon
16 January 2018 | 7.30pmThéâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris
8 to 10 and 13 to 17 February 2018 |
11 February 2018 | 16hLe Théâtre, scène nationale de Narbonne
6 March 2018 |

See more

Théâtre Saint-Louis, Pau
9 et 10 March 2018 | Théâtre Jean Vilar, Saint-Quentin
13 March 2018 | 8.00pm
La Coursive, Théâtre de la Rochelle
19 March 2018 | 7.30pm
20 March 2018 | 8.30pmThéâtre d’Angoulême, scène nationale
22 March 2018 | 7.30pm
23 March 2018 | 8.30pm

Peer Gynt | Irina Brook© Monika Rittershaus | Peer Gynt