The Pillow Book is based on the works of 11th-century Japanese poet Sei Shonagon, whose writings of love and liberation also inspired Peter Greenaway's film "The Pillow Book," starring Ewan McGregor. Written at a time when women were not supposed to express their feelings, sexual or otherwise, this is a passionate piece, made even more so by Shakti's highly charged performance.
Seen previously at Edinburgh, the Herald described the show in glowing terms: "From the perverted to the erotic, Shakti's performance of The Pillow Book is one of the most sensuous pieces you will see. The highlight of this show is when her naked body is painted all over with brightly colored designs, live on stage, an experience which, judging by the look of ecstasy on her face, feels as erotic as it looks. A whirlwind of erotic joy."
Shakti will be dancing The Pillow Book for seven performances only, beginning Aug. 29 and then from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7. Press night will be held on Aug. 29.
Shakti is the coordinator of the Japan Experience, which assists and manages Japanese artists abroad. She also runs The Garage, which is now one of the most prominent venues in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, hosting over 40 different companies from all over the world. The Garage International is now expanding into Avignon (France) and Adelaide (Australia).