Shantala Shivalingappa


Paris/IndiaNamasya Contemporary Fusion

Shantala Shivalingappa at the Fluid Festival 2011

Shantala Shivalingappa | Image Credit: Laurent Philippe

“A hushed quiet settled over the theater, as if everyone in the audience was leaning in. (…) the sheer rhythmic complexity alone was astounding, weaving dense layers of sound and meaning.”

— New York Times

She has danced for Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart and Peter Brook. She is sublime. Her name is Shantala Shivalingappa. In Calgary she will perform a program of virtuosic contemporary dance works by Pina Bausch and Ushio Amagatsu (Sankai Juku), Savitry Nair and Shivalingappa. Conceived and performed by Shantala Shivalingappa, Namasya pays homage to friends and mentors, to traditions and forms that have influenced her life, and to artists from whom she has drawn inspiration. A riveting performer in both contemporary and south East Asian forms of dance.

Born in Madras, India, brought up in Paris, Shantala Shivalingappa is the child of east and west. Driven by a deep desire to bring Kuchipudi to the western audience, she has performed in important festivals and theatres. Don’t miss this eloquent artist’s performance.

“Shantala captivates audiences. She makes each graceful movement of the body an offering to God, a very magical moment”.

- La Voix du Nord, Lille


Theatre Junction GRAND Saturday, October 22: 8 PM Sunday, October 23: 8 PM — Sunday post-show artist talk $47 Regular | $36 Students

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE Fluid in the Mountains — at The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta Shiva Ganga Traditional Kuchipudi program

“Like the dancing glow of a flame, which enlightens us.”

— Vogue, Paris

Shantala Shivalingappa will perform at The Banff Centre for the Arts featuring Kuchipudi, a classical form of dance from southern India where following tradition, the soloist is accompanied by musicians. From the very first notes, she incarnates the characters of legend in an exuberant, rhythmic dialogue between the body and the music. Accompanied by four master musicians, Shantala appears in Shiva Ganga, a work that explores the balance between the Hindu gods Shiva, who creates and sustains the universe through dance, and Ganga, who embodies grace and elegance.


Margaret Greenham Theatre Tuesday, October 25 7:30 PM $25 Regular | $20 Subscribers .