Shantala Shivalingappa dancing on stage, wearing purple and white

Program 2

Fall for Dance North

Shantala Shivalingappa featuring live music
Shiva Tarangam by Shantala Shivalingappa

Madras-born and Paris-based, acclaimed dancer Shantala Shivalingappa has trained in kuchipudi from a young age, with her mother, Savitry Nair, and then with Master Vempati Chinna Satyam. She was the first to earn a Bessie Award in New York (2013) for a South Asian dance style, with her kuchipudi solo Shiva Ganga. The Tarangam dance showcases a great variety of kuchipudi steps, while portraying a chosen poem. This Tarangam is dedicated to Shiva, the Lord of Dance, with live musical performance including singing, flute, veena and percussion. Part of the choreography is danced on a brass plate, a special feature of this style.

Conversation by Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser featuring live music by re.verse
Lady C Fraser is widely known on the global street dance scene for her versality. Having trained from a young age in ballet, jazz and tap, she discovered street dance at fifteen and has never looked back, though her early training gives a distinct foundation to her styling. Originally from Calgary and now based in Toronto, she has garnered significant acclaim on the international battle and competition circuit. Live music, by the Toronto-based group re.verse, layers six-string electric base, electric guitar, keys and drums with blended beats, grooves and vocal tracks in an integrated set that builds and shifts with the dancers.

The National Ballet of Canada featuring live music by The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe

In this signature work from 1996, William Forsythe takes the vocabulary of classical ballet – its verticality, balance and symmetry – and places it under immense pressure, generating high- speed twisting and torqueing along oblique angles and skewed lines. The National Ballet of Canada’s dancers seem wound like springs; their limbs fling and retract instantaneously. Muscles and tendons hold spiral tension like the stringed instruments that deliver the triumphant final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, played live by The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra conducted by David Briskin.

Fiddle Embrace by Anne Plamondon with dancers from Ryerson School of Performance featuring live music
Anne Plamondon’s process is driven by a quest for meaning, for revelation of her own truth and that of others. “When I dance, my body takes over, gets restless or gives way, reveals its
complexities, driven by the vibrations of music or a troubling inner state … It is to find those
moments of grace that I dance, again and again.” With FIDDLE EMBRACE, eighteen dancers
from Toronto’s Ryerson School of Performance fully commit to embodying Plamondon’s
movement world with resonance and sensitivity. The festival premiere of FIDDLE EMBRACE
concludes Plamondon’s two-year residency with FFDN, in partnership with Ryerson School of
Performance.

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