A classical Indian dancer whose artistic curiosity has spanned contemporary and traditional forms, Shantala Shivalingappa is widely acclaimed for her vivid, brilliantly musical performances. Shivalingappa specializes in the traditional South Indian dance form of Kuchipudi and she has also made an imprint working with Western artists such as Pina Bausch and Peter Brook.

The Festival is proud to present the U.S. premiere of Shivalingappa’s new Kuchipudi solo "Akasha," which explores her wide-ranging traditions and contemporary influences. The piece is performed to live music with four Indian musicians.

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