Gigs, dance, art

June 20th, 2007: Shantala Shivalingappa – Gamaka (Kuchipudi)

Final dance show for the season, here comes the dreadful desert of summer. I hope I’ll find a few anyway, but it probably will be a trickle. But that was a good ending.

I had only seen this style once, and I didn’t remember it well, just the part where the performer danced on a copper plate. Well, I really loved it. More curves and flutters than the angles of bharata natyam, especially with the hand and arms. I even liked the eye movements, even though I remain unmoved by the overall facial expressions. But the flowing was a refreshing change, managing to keep the rhythmic element I appreciate so much in indian dance.

Speaking of rhythm, there was a part where only the two percussionists remained on staged and delivered a playful improvisation, which was unexpectedly entertaining. They even managed to make the audience clap in a call-response part (not real well, to be honest). The dancer joined them for a short while at the end.

I even kinda liked the expressive section — sans ankle bells — at least I didn’t nod off. I must getting soft in my old age. Overall I’m really pleased with this show. I think I’ll be on the lookout for more of this style, or at least I should be; I guess I could check Shantala Shivalingappa’s site, but I probably need a more diverse resource. I still think I like kathak better, but it’s a tough call: these styles are so different.


June 20, 2007 - Posted by | Dance | , ,

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