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 |  | Sound design : Cyril Colombo | Executive Production : Gaëlle Seguin [H]ikari Production

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

Duration : 1:20


Swayambhu [swaj-ãmbu] “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: movement, gesture, rhythm, dynamic, facial expressions, music, words, use of space, light, aesthetic, intention, spirit, 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 pure 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 alchemy : for a fleeting moment,watch the veil of Illusion (Maya in sanskrit) fall, and reveal the Infinite…

Shantala Shivalingappa