|Shakti as The Nullarbor Nymph||Images and Projections by Jorg Hacker|
|VasantaMala Dance Company as other "Nymphs"|
Kumiko Takayama, Fumiko Inamori,
|Fumiko Shimayama, Mayura Nishimura|
|Choreography by Shakti||Lighting by Jorg Hacker|
Upon returning to Japan , Shakti developed a unique hybrid form of dance blending an array of Eastern dance traditions and yoga with Western jazz and contemporary rock resulting in an exotic, erotic, and shocking effect.
“In Shakti the fiery emotion of ancient India contrast with the calm ethereal realm of of Oriental Buddhism.
New York Times
“ Dance genius has been used to describe more than once the fiery mix of beauty, brains, artistic ambiguity and tantalizingly sexual cheekiness that makes up the brilliance we know as Shakti.
But Shakti is more than just a dancer. She has become a beacon for those that wish to throw away the shackles of the world in which we live but never quite dare to.”
G. King – director Southwest Anglo-Japanese Society
Perceptions of erotica
His research work spans a wide area, with special emphasis on the atmospheric boundary layer and the development of innovative instrumentation and measurement strategies using airborne platforms. He was co-author in more than 50 publications in internationally refereed journals and more than 100 Conference Papers. He pioneered the concept of using cost-efficient small aircraft for atmospheric research, including the research described in the current paper.
JM Hacker holds a pilot's license with several special endorsements and has more than 5,000 flying hours in a wide range of aircraft, including flying gliders over the Andes in South America up to 12.5km. In the context of his research, he also regularly flies aircraft as low as 10m above the ground.
For his international science activities, in 1994 together with colleagues Professor Helmut Kraus ( University of Bonn ) and Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger ( Flinders University ), JM Hacker received the prestigious Max-Planck-Prize, awarded jointly by the German Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation and the Max-Planck-Society. Together with H.W. Grosse, he holds the World Record for flying a self-launching glider over a 500km triangle at an average speed of 172km/h.
Since 2000, he also got increasingly involved in the Performing Arts in support of his wife Shakti. Together, they did two productions, “Empire of the Senses” and “Classique Nu”, where Jorg contributed videography and assisted in the design and style of the shows. He is also responsible for the lighting design and technical side of Shakti's shows and other logistics. Shakti and Jorg are active in running arts venues at many festivals worldwide through their company “The Garage International”.
The 'Nymphs' who run with Shakti.
Kumiko teaches in Shakti Studio Tokyo while Fumiko teaches in the VasantaMala Indian Dance Institute in Kyoto .
Fumiko Shimayama has also been with the company for over 25 years. She also teaches in Kyoto. She has traveled extensively with Shakti and the group.
All have performed with Shakti worldwide.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over 10 years. (1994-2005) Avignon Festival (since 1996)
VasantaMala is the founder and director of the VasantaMala Indian
All poems in the Rinne version of the Nullarbor Nymph have been written and performed by her with the exception of the opening poem which is taken from the creation myth of the Rig Veda.
"Rinne" version of the Nullarbor Nymph has added a depth and a new perspective to the show.