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Cie 111 – Aurélien Bory/Shantala Shivalingappa

Barely Methodical Troupe
26 - 29 Jan
Charmaine Childs / Strong Lady Productions
26 - 29 Jan

Barbican Theatre

UK Premiere
Wed 26 - Sat 29 Jan

Event ended

60mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 12+
£16 - £28 + booking fees
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After-show discussion:
Fri 28 Jan (BSL interpreted)
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A piece by Aurélien Bory for Shantala Shivalingappa

aSH is the final part in Aurélien Bory’s trilogy of large-scale solos for unique female dancers. It follows his Olivier Award nominated What’s Become of You? (Questcequetudeviens?) for the flamenco artist Stéphanie Fuster (LIMF'14/Barbican) and Plexus with Japanese star Kairo Ito (LIMF'15/Sadlers Wells)

Shantala Shivalingappa leads us on a thrilling journey linking ancestral culture and innovative technology. Trained in Kuchipudi – originally a male dance form – Shantala is a New York Bessie Award-winning dancer, actor and singer who has worked with some of the greatest modern directors and choreographers including Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook and Pina Bausch. In aSH she pays homage to Shiva, God of creation and destruction. His vibration is the rhythm of the world, moving in spirals and patterns interpreted by one of the most original dancers of our time. The live soundscape is provided by Loïc Schild.

Aurélien Bory’s spatially extraordinary shows have been highlights of the Mime Festival for two decades. Whether performed by French or Chinese acrobats, industrial robots or solo dance-theatre artists, they leave us breathless and amazed.

Read The Guardian review "Godlike serenity and transcendent movement" >

Read The Reviews Hub 5 star review "A fabulous piece of theatre" >

Read The Stage 4 star review "Impeccable fusion of Hindu mythology and technology" >
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“A beautiful stage performance… Shantala Shivalingappa bewitches the audience”


“Each gesture reveals the elegance, delicacy and perfect technicality of the performer"

L'Oeil d’Olivier

"Shantala, as a dance warrior, as a Shiva hungry for ash, launches herself into a conquest of extreme refinement”

Compagnie 111 / Aurélien Bory


With Shantala Shivalingappa
and Loïc Schild (percussions)
Design, scenography, direction: Aurélien Bory
Choregraphy: Shantala Shivalingappa
Live music composition: Loïc Schild
Dramaturgy: Taïcyr Fadel
Light design: Arno Veyrat
assisted by: Mallory Duhamel
Automatic rhythms: Joan Cambon
Set Technical Conception: Pierre Dequivre, Stéphane Chipeaux-Dardé
Costumes: Manuela Agnesini
with the valuable help of Nathalie Trouvé
Technical Director: Thomas Dupeyron
Stage Manager: Michael Godbille
Sound Manager: Stéphane Ley
Light Manager: François Dareys
Head of Production: Florence Meurisse
Production Manager: Clément Séguier-Faucher
Press: Plan Bey Agency

Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory
CO-PRODUCTION ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Agora – PNAC Boulazac-Nouvelle-Aquitaine, La Scala – Paris, L’Onde Théâtre Centre d’Art, Vélizy-Villacoublay. With the participation of ENSATT-Lyon.

REHEARSALS AND RESIDENCIES La nouvelle Digue-Toulouse, ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie.

Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory is under funding agreement with the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs Occitanie / French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Region Occitanie / Pyrénées – Méditerranée and the City council of Toulouse. It is supported by the Departmental Council of Haute-Garonne.

Supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, towards the promotion of French artists in London International Mime Festival