Lauded as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs the world over and described by The New York Times as “divinely gifted” and “intoxicating,” Shantala Shivalingappa brings a captivating contemporary sensibility to the 2,000-year-old traditional South Indian Kuchipudi dance form. Deeply moved and inspired by the grace and purity of Kuchipudi, she dedicated herself to intense and rigorous training from one of its greatest teachers, Vempati Chinna Satyam. Her ensuing associations with seminal choreographers and directors including Pina Bausch and Peter Brook fueled her rapid rise in the West and sparked a new global dance generation with her witty charm, marvelous musicality, and the vibrant storytelling embodied in her performances. Live musicians accompany her for this performance.
The presentation of Shantala Shivalingappa’s Akasha is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.