Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program, Master Class Series
Shantala Shivalingappa will teach a master class introducing Kuchipudi, a classical dance form of South India characterized by its rhythmic and vibrant style full of quick, intricate footwork and jumps. Originally a sacred men's dance, Kuchipudi is a combination of abstract and narrative movements based on Hindu mythology. The focus is on the use of gestures, facial expressions and body language; the hand gestures, or mudras, are codified into a very precise language. The class will have live musical accompaniment by percussionist Haribabu Balan Puttamamma and vocalist Ramesh Jetty.
This class is for dancers age 18 + with intermediate to advanced dance experience (in any dance form). Observers welcome.
Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers.
Shantala Shivalingappa is a dancer and choreographer born in Madras, India, and brought up in Paris. Shivalingappa received an intense and rigorous training in Kuchipudi from Master Vempati Chinna Satyam. A self described "child of east and west," Shivalingappa has worked with some of the greatest artists of our times: Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, and Amagatsu (“Ibuki”). She is driven by a deep desire to bring Kuchipudi to the western audience and has performed in important festivals and theaters across the globe.
Acclaimed as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs in India and Europe, Shivalingappa was awarded the prestigious “Bessie” dance award in New York City for Shiva Ganga, for Outstanding Performance. Today, Shivalingappa shares her time between touring, expanding her choreographic work in the Kuchipudi style, and collaborating with various artists in the exploration of dance, music and theatre. Collaborations have included performing in AM I, the latest piece by Sydney-based Shaun Parker & Company at the Sydney Opera House, and creating Blooming, a short duet with Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley, at the Vail International Dance Festival. Her latest collaborations have both been in Barcelona and closely weave together movement and music.
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Photo: Shantala Shivalingappa. Credit: Satyajit C.P.