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Shalaka interweaves themes of female identities and cross-cultural dance with new media and text.

Award-winning choreographer Shalaka Kulkarni is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in Chicago. Her work revolves around questioning societal norms, empowering marginal voices and erased narratives, both in Western and Indian cultures empowering Female identity.  Her movement journey started as a child in India with her time divided between learning dance and martial art. She is trained in Bharatnatyam (originating from Southern India) and Kathak (originating from Northern India). As her family immigrated to US, she began exploring intersections of Indian Classical dance forms with other movement influences, text & technology. She teaches, performs and wanders around US, India and other parts of the world.


Explore the site and check out upcoming performances, residencies and her offered workshops.

 

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”

― Martha Graham

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DANCING CHAKRAS

Show inspired by 7 Chakras of Yoga and Bollywood music. Experience the sassy side of Indian culture and Indian Classical dance. Newport Theater Chicago

DANCING CHAKRAS

Show inspired by 7 Chakras of Yoga and Bollywood music. Experience the sassy side of Indian culture and Indian Classical dance. Newport Theater Chicago

Choreographer Showcase for Mandala Arts Chicago at Chicago History Museum

NYRA'S DREAMS

April 8th, 6:00 pm

Open lab for artist residency with High Concept Lab at Mana Contemporary gallery

HIGH CONCEPT LAB 

11:00 AM

Performance at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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