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
An unstoppable woman seeks to flee from the best clothes, food, top cars, super lifestyle and murky politics in the hope of making her life more meaningful. Yet, she is an expert on everything. It’s another thing that themes get a little jumbled in her head sometimes. But the final score is always deeply of the spirit and the mind.
The show has episodes – short, sharp, affectionate, sometimes moving glimpses of the urban citizen’s idiosyncrasies and obsessions. Every few minutes she disappears into a dressing room, on stage, and emerges a completely different persona.
The artist, with lightning speed - much like in a Hindi film - takes the audience on a roller coaster ride that goes from the spiritual journey of an NRI jogger to the car- obsessed travails of a beauty expert to an incomparable audio visual ‘autobiography’.