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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 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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