MUKTA, A WOMAN LIBERATED

2018 Int’l Human Rights Arts Festival - performance captures by Linday Paray

2018 Int’l Human Rights Arts Festival - performance captures by Linday Paray

MUKTA means liberation. MUKTA, A Woman Liberated is an immersive dance production about unearthing the Goddess with original poetry, music and visuals that explores the struggles of a modern woman negotiating and challenging traditions and normative gendered roles of patriarchal structures. The performance resurrects a celebrated ideal of Hinduism, the woman or the Nayika as the Goddess, who holds the keys to her powers to rise above all else.

MUKTA is a fresh take on the Indian Classical dance form of Kathak, finding the balance between tradition and modernity through choreography and music.

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Form: Indian Classical and Contemporary Kathak Dance

Length of production: 60 minutes (recorded music)

Performers: 8

Timeline: Fall 2019 onwards

Actively seeking: Developmental residencies and opportunities, commissioning and presenting partners 

Community Engagement:

Work-in-progress video from International Human Rights Arts Festival, NYC November 2018

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The Mukta Collective

The MUKTA COLLECTIVE brings together intergenerational women in a safe space to move and share personal stories and have organic discussions about fear, societal norms holding us back, personal and professional aspirations and more. The mission behind the collective is to encourage symbiotic relationships and create cognitive shifts, enabling women to realize they have the choice to be their unhindered selves. With two cohorts in place, I am in the process of developing more.

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Thus far, I have met thrice with a cohort of eight women. A 4-day intensive program in January 2019 with the Institute of Community Action Training program with Gibney Dance has aided me in further developing the collective into a more beneficial community program. This intensive has helped me create a model that I can bring to different communities where MUKTA is being presented.