Shrina Patel is a Performer, Actor, Yoga Teacher, Advocate, Choreographer and the Artistic Director and Founder of Shaktiflow.
Her focus is choreographing movements that tell stories of gender and social inequality. The intention is to provoke conversations of the traditional social norms which society holds for the individual, based on their gender, race, and ethnicity. Her vision is aligned with that of Shaktiflow's which is to dedicate the intention to empower individuals through movement--stories told through dance. Each gesture has a meaning and with them the power to facilitate ideas of harmony, unity, equality, and change. The vision is to instill a new perception of mindfulness that will unite us as a collective whole.
Shrina directed and produced her first show, Sacred Spaced, in 2019, which focused on and discussed consent, the creation of safe spaces in our community, and gender inequality. Shrina curated this show with a focus on local Edmonton artists, BIPOC and queer makers.
In 2020, Shrina choreographed and produced a show for SkirtsAFire with six local performers. This show focused on the journey of a woman breaking away from social norms and forging her own identity and discussed connection with the Earth, motherhood, society, and sisterhood.
During the pandemic, Shrina collaborated with local artist Erin Gruber to explore movement through the digital lens. Shrina brought her training of Bharatanatyam and hip hop to fuse a performance of two worlds coming together, as Erin G. filmed and propelled the movement into the digital sphere. This performance was curated by Mile Zero Dance in 2020.