Now she’s ready to begin her new three-part Shiva Ganga (co-choreographed with Satyam). The river Ganga is withholding her water; Shiva must be persuaded to catch the force of the flow in his matted locks—lest it destroy the earth with its force—and release it gradually. The dance shows us Bhaghiratha, who has been asked to make the request to Shiva; Shiva; and Ganga. Or rather, Shivalingappa portrays these characters for us.

Shantala Shivalingappa in a section of her program "Shiva Ganga"
Rodrigo Cesar
Shantala Shivalingappa in a section of her program "Shiva Ganga"
Pichet Klunchun (foreground) and Porramet Maneerat in Klunchun’s "Chui Chai"
Kristi Pitsch
Pichet Klunchun (foreground) and Porramet Maneerat in Klunchun’s "Chui Chai"

Details

Pichet Klunchun and Dancers
Jacobís Pillow, Becket, Massachusetts
413-243-0745
July 14 through 18

Pichet Klunchun and Dancers
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue
212-721-6500
July 24 and 25

Shantala Shivalingappa
Jacobís Pillow
July 7 through 11

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As Bhaghiratha, she meditates, expresses his fear, makes a slow acquiescent obeisance, and ends spinning faster and faster, godstruck. As Shiva, she strikes his traditional pose, one leg lifted, one hand pointing up, the other down. She walks majestically. But Shiva is not pleased. His lunges get deeper, his leap higher, his rhythms faster, his glances fierce; in the end, he bows his shoulders to accept the load of water on his head. Ganga is quiet at first, eventually complying out of her love for Shiva. Shivalingappa stands in a corner, rippling her arms and hands; she ventures out with a chain of little quivering steps and the jumps of a gazelle, but as the flute goes crazy, she flutters her hands and drops into a circle of amazing turns, now kneeling, now squatting. You can believe the powerful waters descending to bless the earth. As Shivalingappa’s dancing blesses the theater and all of us in it.

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