Dublin Dance Festival in partnership with the Abbey Theatre


22 - 23 May 2020

Booking Information

Dublin Dance Festival have announced that the festival will not be going ahead this year.

All ticket holders for ΑΝΩΝΥΜΟ, aSH and A Love Supreme will be contacted directly by the Abbey or Dublin Dance Festival box-office teams.

A remarkable fusion of Western and Asian cultures, aSH is an exquisite portrait of charismatic Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, exploring her mixed identity and influences.

Aurélien Bory & Shantala Shivalingappa (France/India)

Irish Premiere

In aSh, the final opus in a trilogy of portraits of women, visionary French director, Aurélien Bory collaborates with the enigmatic performer, 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.


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.


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

'A complete work of art, which engulfs the audience in the powerful vibrations of the dance.'
Le Figaro Magazine



Images © Aglae Bory


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

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