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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)…

Kathak soloist Bageshree Vaze.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – New York

…remarkable, offering a two-hour program of five diverse Indian dance styles, showing a balance of narrative and pure dance works, in an exciting mix of solos, duets, and ensemble performances. The quality of the dancing was high.

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….

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