“My work is steeped in stories.
Some that date back to a 1,000 years and others that are present day. All forms of classical Indian dance tell stories from a distant past but remain relevant because the intent is to transcend to a higher level.
The performance whether traditional or
contemporary is about the shared moment lived
and felt by audience and performer and inspired
by the unfolding of life with all of its
magic, mystery and unexplainable holes.”
Shah’s work builds on the dance form’s mythological storytelling roots to explore universal narratives, using a rich movement vocabulary that communicates the dynamic and often paradoxical nature of modern life. While preserving the emotive quality unique to Indian classical dance, Shah tells her own stories that foster understanding, empathy, and relationships between audience and performer.