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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa in Play.© Koen Broos. (Click image for larger version)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa – Play – London

★★✰✰✰   Cherkaoui looks older than his years, so much so that his relationship in Play with Shivalingappa risks being unsettling. As dancers, they are no longer equals, as they must have been in 2008.

Neena Prasad.© Siva Prasad Thekkilematam. (Click image for larger version)

Neena Prasad – Dancing the Gods festival – New York

★★★✰✰   Mohiniyattam is known as the “dance of the enchantress” – it is extremely feminine and flowing, and devoid of the rhythmic attack and angularity that makes some of the other dances so exciting…

Avijit Das.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Part 2 Outdoors – New York

★★★✰✰   The bending of gender stereotypes seems to be a trend in Indian dance right now, and an interesting one…

Aparna Ramaswamy.© and courtesy of NCPA. (Click image for larger version)

Aparna Ramaswamy – They Rose at Dawn – New York

Ramaswamy is a natural allegro dancer; she’s high-spirited, warm, vivacious. But, at least tonight, she didn’t seem inclined to delve into the contrasting qualities of languor or sensual ardor

Julian Wong, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Jessie Oshodi, Marnie Palomares and Melanie Palomares in AM I.© Branco Gaica. (Click image for larger version)

Shaun Parker & Company – AM I – Melbourne

…AM I is a thematic magpie, shifting from the macro to the micro and back again in its exploration of the nexus of religion and science.

Rahul Acharya.© World Music Institute. (Click image for larger version)

Rahul Acharya, Vidhya Subramanian, Shambhavi Dandekar and Janaki Rangarajan – Dancing the Gods – New York

In New York we are lucky to see quite a bit of Indian classical dance. The local crowd has developed a taste for it, and thus has been spoiled with some memorable performances…

Shantala Shivalingappa in Gamaka.© C.P.Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Shantala Shivalingappa – Dancer and Choreographer

Shivalingappa first caught my eye at the 2007 Fall For Dance festival, where she danced Varnam, a Kuchipudi solo. I was immediately struck by her musicality, the power and precision of her footwork, and the absolute clarity of her movements. And to the grace of her upper body and a jump that seems to comes out of nowhere, light and airy as a cat’s.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Shiva Ganga.© C. P. Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Shivalingappa, PNWB, Melnick, Ka Leo O Laka – New York

Every Fall For Dance program is a bit of a pot luck, which is part of the festival’s charm. This year it has been expanded to twelve of performances (each costing $15, up from $10 last year)…

Shantala Shivalingappa in Ibuki from the Namasya bill.© Laurent Philippe. (Click image for larger version)

Shantala Shivalingappa – Namasya bill – New York

Disappointment is an inevitable part of theatre-going – I mean, how often do performances live up to our expectations? – but it is especially hard to swallow when it comes at the hands of one of the artists we most admire….

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – Bamboo Blues – London

Once again, the performers of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch win over the audience with an apparently effortless ease…. Anna Wehsarg – a gorgeous statuesque redhead with legs that go on forever – can just walk on the stage, gazing into the audience and she has me captured.

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