mainsArtistic direction and performing : Shantala Shivalingappa
Video design : Ezra Belotte-Cousineau
Cutting : Hélène Bédard
Coproduction : Shantala Shivalingappa, Dance Company, [H]ikari, Sunny Artist Management, ONYX Saint-Herblain, le 783 -Nantes.
Executive production : [H]ikari

Conception, artistic management and performer : Shantala Shivalingappa
Artistic advisor : Savitry Nair
Lighting design / technical management : Nicolas Boudier
Rythm creation : B.P.Haribabu & N.Ramakrishnan
Singing : J.Ramesh
Nattuvangam & Pakhawaj (Cymbals & Percussions) : B.P.Haribabu
Mridangam (Percussions) : N.Ramakrishnan
Flute : K.S.Jayaram

Conception, artistic management and performer : Shantala Shivalingappa
Lumières : Nicolas Boudier
Video design : Alexandre Castres

IBUKI : Choreography and costume : Ushio Amagatsu / Music : Yoichiro Yoshikawa
SOLO : Choregraphy created at Tanztheater Wuppertal-Pina Bausch / Music : Ferran Savall / Costume : Marion Cito
SHIFT : Choreography : Shantala Shivalingappa
SMARANA : Choreography : Savitry Nair / Traditional music of North India

SANGAMA was granted by the City of Saint-Herblain and the Conseil Général of Loire-Atlantique.

Creation : 9th of November 2013 at ONYX – LA CARRIERE of  Saint-Herblain,  Nantes (Loire-Atlantique, Fr).


Drawing on the rich variety of Shantala’s dancing career, this show is all about dialogue, openness.
Trained in the pure technique of classical Indian dance Shantala is continuously reinventing Kuchipudi for the present day, enriching the tradition with fresh ideas, and throwing it open to a western audience with a vigour and determination that appeals to many more than the usual audience for “world art”.
Her Kuchipudi and contemporary repertoire evolve on parallel paths, constantly nourishing and inspiring each other.
The collaboration between film director Ezra and dancer Shantala reflects their shared determination to make Kuchipudi live and breathe in the present day.
For the director, more used to filming western classical dance, the challenge is to rethink his cinematographic language and adapt it to a new dance grammar imposed by the specifics of the Indian art and the practicalities of screening images onto a live stage.
The images of Ezra Belotte-Cousineau will be projected onto the stage through a system that needs to be both technically and physically light so that it can be easily adapted to any venue where the show is staged. A number of different concepts have been envisaged for showing the images on stage.

Shantala Shivalingappa / Ezra Belotte-Cousineau