Little Theatre, Library Bldg, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

28/06/2019 - 30/06/2019

Production Details

The acclaimed Mudra Dance Company are to perform a new and dynamic dance work of Shakti in June. Shakti will be performed at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre.

This dance work of Shakti is a celebration of the grace, beauty and strength of women. 
This celebration of women is portrayed through the depiction of the primordial mother Goddess Shakti in her various forms and moods, from sublime Saraswati to fierce Goddess Kali.

Shakti is a divine cosmic energy that represents feminine energy and the dynamic forces that move through the universe. She is responsible for creation and can be an agent of change, often being manifested to destroy demonic forces and restore balance in the universe.

As Goddess Durga, she represents the feminine aspect and the Shakti (energy/power) of the One God (The Brahman), as well as the empowering and protective nature of motherhood.

As Parvati, she is the wife and energy behind the Hindu god of destruction and rejuvenation, Shiva. With Shiva, she produced two sons: Ganesha, who became the elephant-headed god of wisdom and good fortune; and Kumara, who conquered the demon Taraka. Parvati symbolises fertility, marital happiness, devotion, power, and asceticism.

Vivek Kinra is acclaimed both nationally and internationally as an exemplary exponent of the classical Indian dance form Bharata Natyam. He came to New Zealand in 1990 and this performance of Shakti will be a culmination of the 30 years of Kinra’s exceptional dance career in New Zealand. This new dance work will provide a great opportunity for the prestigious Mudra Dance Company to showcase their professionalism to audiences under the leadership of Kinra.

Shakti is honoured as the primordial mother goddess; a universal source of energy, power, and creativity. This is an excellent theme for the Company to use, as they will explore Shakti’s many manifestations, which will allow different dancers to deploy their various skills. It will also stretch the senior Company members and will help develop their interpretative abilities to a greater degree.

Mudra Dance Company will also be working with Karunai Illam to raise money for their trust. The Karunai Illam Trust is a New Zealand incorporated charitable trust. It was set up to support the work of the late Jean Watson, a Wellington writer, who in 1987 established a children’s home in the rural town of Nilakottai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Shakti will be a powerful display of motion, colour, music, mime, and rhythm. The dances highlight Kinra’s choreography which combines innovative and traditional elements of dance. Characterised by exotic beauty and charm, Mudra Dance Company is a visual feast of brilliant sari colours, traditional headdresses of braids and flowers, and the sparkle of gorgeous jewellery.

The music for the new dance work of Shakti was specially recorded in India earlier this year, where Kinra travelled to work alongside India’s acclaimed musicians to create something completely different for New Zealand audiences. Kinra also procured hand-painted stage sets and completed the experience by creating colourful costumes with Chennai’s talented tailors. These will ensure a piece of India is brought alive on the Wellington stage this year.

Mudra Dance Company will once again excite the audience with fast-moving dramatic dance pieces that will showcase the incredible talent of this highly regarded dance company.


  • General Admission : $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)
  • Concession Group 6+ : $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees)
  • Student (ID required): $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Unwaged : $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees)
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Banu Siva, Kaajal Patel, Rachna Raj Pillay, Varshini Suresh, Leeshma Srirankanathan, Kalyani Dixit, Shrinidhi Bharadwaj, Esther McCreadie, Shambhavi Choudhury,Yekta Reddy.
Gayathiri Ganeshan, Lekha Sankar, Madhu Iyer, Mahita Gottumukkala, Natasha Bhakti Hunt, Teshalini Nanthivarman, Anagha Rachel Thomas, Anika Nair, Deepika Sundar, Maya Hillman, Nalika Desai, Rhea Homroy, Sahana Bharadwaj, Shivani Shanthakumar, Susan Thomson, Maithily Thanikasalam & Vidhya Sritharan.

Indian classical dance , Dance ,

2 hours

The Art of the Dancer

Review by Donna Banicevich Gera 29th Jun 2019

An exciting, emotionally moving collection of traditional dance pieces that showcases the skills of this highly talented dance troupe. By exploring the depiction of the Goddess Shakti in a range of forms, moves, and moods, this innovative representation takes us into the world of dynamic feminine forces crossing the universe.

Wow. You too can be privy to dynamic storytelling at its best. You can tell the dancers understand the significance of their heritage and the spirituality linked to this performance, transferring this feeling to a mesmerized audience. Personally I was captivated by the emotional significance of what I was watching.

You enter a world of colour, excitement, and powerful movement. Eyes flicking, backs arched, fingers spiked like the lotus flower displayed through striking timing, co-ordination, balance and control. Enter a world showcasing the art of the dancer.

The music, recorded in India earlier this year specifically for this new dance work, is different. Different in a way that makes your toes curl, and your feet tap under your seat. It makes you feel like dancing.

Once again Kinra has delivered. His skill as a choreographer is electrifying. His talent with poetic narrative furthered through this dynamic performance. This is a show that lives up to its’ publicity. It gives us an art form perfected through thorough understanding and obvious hard work all round.

These types of performances continue to stimulate the imagination and feed us with a  new perspective. They give us a fluent aesthetic and entry point into a majestic marvel. It is beautiful.


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