★★★★✰ Everything in Shivalingappa’s style emphasizes clarity, shape, and intention. ... a very satisfying evening of dance.
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★★★★✰ As an almost abstract dance work Until the Lions is outstanding, a spectacular collaboration between dancers, musicians, designers and technicians.
Founded eight years ago Hagit Yakira Dance are steadily becoming more widely known as they tour increasingly - which is what they are currently doing. We have a word with the boss about this particular tour and her approach to creating accessible and entertaining work...
Until the Lions is a creation unlike any other – a modern commentary, without words, on a fragment of a three-thousand-year-old epic.
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.
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....