In Play, Shantala Shivalingappa weaves in vocabulary of kuchipudi, both rhythmic patterns and gestural codes, quietly and naturally, into a piece that constructs itself around tales of love and separation. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui revels in the expressive canvas this provides where a minute inflection of the hand can transform the narrative, taking him into a world that he does not often get the chance to explore. Their voices dance, lending credence to Sidi Larbi's conviction that singing is internal, unseen choreography.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a Flemish-Moroccan choreographer with a fast-growing list of accolades to his name. From winning awards such as Choreographer of the Year (Tanz Magazine), to choreographing masterpieces like the 2012 film Anna Karenenina, he has built a reputation as one of the trailblazers of contemporary dance. Cherkaoui is also an associate artist at Sadler's Wells, London, and dance director of Festival Equilibrio in Rome.
Born in Madras, India, brought up in Paris, Shantala Shivalingappa is the child of east and west. Driven by a deep desire to bring Kuchipudi to the western audience, she has had the privilege of working with some of the greatest artists of our times, including Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, and Ushio Amagatsu.
The Guardian, UK, 2009
Play is one of the main highlights at the fifth annual George Town Festival (GTF) in Penang, Malaysia. George Town Festival is a month-long celebration of art, music, theatre, dance, opera, film, and more. Find out more at:www.georgetownfestival.com
Watch the trailer for Play here
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