Shivalingappa brings Indian dance tradition to Mondavi

By From page A9 | March 28, 2013

Shantala will perform a variety of Indian dances at Mondavi, April 11-13. Courtesy photo

Shantala will perform a variety of Indian dances at Mondavi, April 11-13. Courtesy photo

Dancer Shantala Shivalingappa — born in India, and raised in Paris — brings her solo piece “Gamaka,” performed to live music on Indian instruments, to the Mondavi Center for three performances in April. She’ll appear at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.

Drawing on a 2,000-year-old Kuchipudi dance tradition from India, “Gamaka” tells a story through the primal power of vibrations in sound and movement.  The footwork executes the complex rhythmic patterns of the accompanying music, while the rest of the body — from the head to the tip of the fingers — follows, sometimes with forceful precision, sometimes with flowing, graceful movements.

“In dance, the elements of movement, rhythm, sound, melody and poetry come together as vibrations that resonate,” says Shivalingappa, “calling each other, playing, escaping, mingling, deviating, forming patterns of great beauty and harmony.”

The artist has performed the piece at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in other noted venues. Tickets are $38-$42 general, $19-$21 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787. A Q&A session will follow the Thursday evening performance.


Jeff Hudson

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