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
Ravanama is about the search for the mythological character, Ravana, through the many stories associated with him. On stage we see a performer in the process of making a show. Every time she decides on a way to start the show, a fresh version takes her in a different direction. Is there a connection in all these stories? It is only at the end of the performance that she discovers the ideal start for the show.
This show is deeply inspired by Kathakali both as a form and its particular portrayal of Ravana.