Director and dancer
Shantala Shivalingappa is a dancer and choreographer who trained in classical Indian dance. She was born in Madras and raised in Paris. She learnt Kuchipudi, a dance from the south of India from a young age, which has gained her international recognition. Acclaimed in her native country and the West for her dance technique and style, she has performed at important venues such as the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Sadler’s Wells In London and the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Famous choreographer Pina Bausch included her in her productions Nefés and Bamboo Blues and she has also worked with the legendary Peter Brook and Maurice Béjart. In 2013, she won the Bessie award for her show Shiva Ganga.