Since 1993, when Maya made her first solo, she has created different kinds of productions ranging from dance theatre to cross media performances and comedy. She is her own director and the centre piece of her making process is improvisation. Over the years, she has invited other artists – musicians, film makers, light and designers to improvise with her to create shows. While some productions have been adaptations of short stories, most have been inspired by events in India. There’s generally a strong social and political thread that runs through the content of her shows. Alongside, Kathakali – which she trained in for several years - seems to enter via various doors in creating a contemporary language of theatre. Maya has been commissioned by festivals both in India and abroad to create performances.
Are You Home Lady Macbeth?
Hand Over Fist
Heads Are Meant For Walking Into
Loose Woman is about the travels of a woman – into and out of herself. To make this show, a performer, a video and a sound designer and a singer, through a series of improvisations, ‘looked for her’ in different places, in different manifestations. The stories that emerged were given an episodic form. They each stand alone, though a loose thread connects all of them.
We see her at home getting ready for office and then, on a whim, stepping out of her cab and disappearing altogether. In ‘Dancer’ she discovers what it means to not walk the straight and narrow but to ‘side-step’. ‘The Line’ jolts her into the realisation of how precious her own looseness really is. And so on...