Pioneering classical South Indian dance artists Savitry Nair and her daughter, Shantala Shivalingappa, discuss what can be learned between East and West through experiencing traditional dance and music. Moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Suzanne Carbonneau.
EXCERPT from PillowTalk: Preserving Dance Traditions recorded August 4, 2008.
PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Curated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen and moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.
A critic, essayist, and historian, Suzanne Carbonneau's writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. She is Director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance, and she is Critic-in-Residence at the American Dance Festival. Ms. Carbonneau is Scholar-in-Residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival and she lectures and writes for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Carbonneau holds a Ph.D. from New York University and is Professor of Performance at George Mason University. Her biography of choreographer Paul Taylor will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Carbonneau is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
A pioneer in bringing Indian dance and music to be performed and taught in Europe, Savitry Nair is a master performer and teacher of the Bharata Natyam style of Classical South Indian Dance. Nair was trained in the Bharata Natyam style by Rukmini Devi at the Kalakshetra Foundation, Madras, and in the Kuchipudi style by Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. She continues to conduct classes and workshops for many singers and musicians, as well as dance and theater companies.
Born in India, brought up in Paris, Shantala Shivalingappa is the child of east and west. Acclaimed as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs in India and Europe, Shivalingappa has worked with some of the greatest artists of our times including: Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Bartabas, and Pina Bausch. Initiated into Classical South Indian Dance at a tender age by her mother, dancer Savitry Nair, and trained by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam, Shivalingappa has dedicated herself to bring Kuchipudi dance to western audiences. www.shantalashivalingappa.com