Dance and performance art


May 22 2020 - May 23 2020
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26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin City, Dublin,
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Dublin Dance Festival returns to the Abbey Theatre! aSH, a remarkable fusion of Western and Asian cultures by Aurélien Bory & Shantala Shivalingappa (France/India), makes its Irish premiere in May 2020.

A remarkable fusion of Western and Asian cultures, aSH is an exquisite portrait of charismatic Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, exploring her mixed identity and influences.

In aSh, the final opus in a trilogy of portraits of women, visionary French director, Aurélien Bory collaborates with the enigmatic performer, Shantala Shivalingappa; a woman with a story whose life unfolds through dance.

In a solo infused with poetry and spirituality, Shivalingappa embodies the majestic figure of Shiva, the god of creation and destruction. She dances on a blanket of ash, a symbol of the cycle of life. The percussive soundscape by Loïc Schild reverberates against an ocean of paper that acts as Shivalingappa’s canvas. With pure and sensual movements, she forms symbolic patterns of mandalas in the ash beneath her feet.

Harnessing her rhythmic and vital energy, aSh explores the dancer’s mixed identity, tracing her journey from the ancestral Indian dance, Kuchipudi, to the contemporary dance of Pina Bausch, Peter Brook and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui that has earned her international acclaim.

This is a remarkable fusion of Western and Asian cultures, a miracle of poetry in motion.