Shakti has developed through three years of exploration and discovery and more recent research looking into women and dance. SHAKTI the divine feminine creative power looks at the multifaceted importance of womanhood, exploring ideas of mis-communication between men and women, perceptions of the opposite sex and the power of the female creative energy.
SHAKTI is a result of a long contextual research process, initially feeding from the choreographers time spent studying Kathak and working in India. Harriet Quinn created a conceptual score that has been developed through collaboration and an interchangeable, experimental process. Establishing emotional, traditional, and memory embodiment. The emphasis of the creative process was placed on what it means to be a women and the significance of womanhood. Developed from personal experience and interpretation.
SHAKTI was created using Improvisation techniques and elements of Kathak (South Asian Dance). Drawing upon relevant social and political issues as well as hindu mythological narratives.
HQ and Company experimented with the idea of play, translation and self-realisation with each performer having an individual narrative.