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Compagnie 111: aSH

London International Mime Festival

Woman dancing on stage with ash

Dazzling, otherworldly spectacle from the visionary director Aurélien Bory. This is a thrilling solo by award-winning performer Shantala Shivalingappa.

In celestial light, Shantala’s mesmerising movement draws beautiful patterns on an ash covered stage, creating a giant mandala. Set to the beat of live improvised percussion by Loïc Schild, she pays homage to Shiva, God of creation and destruction and a breath-taking installation begins to unfold. Trained in Kuchipudi – originally an Indian male dance form - Shantala has worked with some of the greatest modern directors and choreographers including Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook and Pina Bausch.

Aurélien Bory’s spatially extraordinary shows have been highlights of the Mime Festival for two decades. They include Olivier-nominated What’s Become of You? (Questcequetudeviens?) for Stéphanie Fuster seen at the Barbican as part of LIMF 2014. aSH is the final in his trilogy of shows celebrating unique female dancers.

Running time: 1 hour, no interval

Age guidance: 12+

Fri 28 Jan
Post-show talk
BSL-interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts and post-show talk facilitated by Sanjoy Roy

Presented by the Barbican in association with LIMF

A piece by Aurélien Bory for Shantala Shivalingappa

A co-production with 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.

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 the London International Mime Festival


‘Divinely gifted…intoxicating‘
The New York Times on Shantala Shivalingappa
‘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

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