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aSH Aurélien Bory & Shantala Shivalingappa

Irish Premiere. Dublin Dance Festival in partnership with the Abbey Theatre


East meets West in an exquisite fusion of traditional and contemporary dance

aSH © Aglae Bory

In this exquisite piece, Aurélien Bory collaborates with the charismatic Indian dancer, Shantala Shivalingappa, to create a solo infused with poetry and spirituality.

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€13 - €40 (conc. rates available)


Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey Stage

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How long?

60 mins (no interval)

From the show

aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory
aSH © Aglae Bory


“We leave the room marvelled by so much magic and poetry.”

Le Figaro Magazine

“A complete work of art, which engulfs the audience in the powerful vibrations of the dance.”

Le Figaro Magazine

“Ethereal movements and incredible expressiveness.”


“Shantala Shivalingappa shines as brightly in Indian dance as she does in contemporary.”


“One of the most beautiful shows you could hope to see.”

Le Figaro Magazine

aSH is the final opus in a trilogy of portraits of women by visionary French director, Aurélien Bory. In this exquisite piece, Bory collaborates with the charismatic Indian dancer, Shantala Shivalingappa; a woman with a story whose life unfolds through dance.

In a solo infused with poetry and spirituality, Shivalingappa embodies the majestic figure of Shiva, the god of creation and destruction. She dances on a blanket of ash, a symbol of the cycle of life. The percussive soundscape by Loïc Schild reverberates against an ocean of paper that acts as Shivalingappa’s canvas. With pure and sensual movements, she forms symbolic patterns of mandalas in the ash beneath her feet.

Harnessing her rhythmic and vital energy, aSH explores the dancer’s mixed identity, tracing her journey from the ancestral Indian dance, Kuchipudi, to the contemporary dance of Pina Bausch, Peter Brook and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui that has earned her international acclaim.

This is a remarkable fusion of Western and Asian cultures, a miracle of poetry in motion.


  • Direction: Aurélien Bory
  • Choreography: Shantala Shivalingappa
  • Performers: Shantala Shivalingappa (dancer), Loïc Schild (percussion)
  • Design and Scenography: Aurélien Bory
  • Dramaturgy: Taïcyr Fadel
  • Lighting Design: Arno Veyrat assisted by Mallory Duhamel
  • Music: Joan Cambon
  • Technical Set Conception: Pierre Dequivre, Stéphane Chipeaux-Dardé
  • Costumes: Manuela Agnesini helped by Nathalie Trouvé
  • Technical Direction: Thomas Dupeyron
  • Stage Manager: Robin Jouanneau
  • Sound Manager: Stéphane Ley
  • Lighting Manager: François Dareys
  • Head of Production: Florence Meurisse
  • Production Manager: Clément Séguier-Faucher
  • Logistics Manager: Estelle Castagnoli
  • Press: Plan Bey Agency

Produced by Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory. Coproduced by 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 artistic participation of ENSATT - Lyon. Rehearsals and residencies from 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 and French Institute.

  • Abbey-Theatre
  • Embassy-of-France

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