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
This is a delightful short story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Addichie, about a mother and daughter, set in Lagos, Nigeria, but it can be transposed, with a few details changed, to several cities across the world. At a deeper level, it is a story that looks at issues that lie at the core of people’s lives – of culture, values, relationships within a family.
Mrs. Njoku’s daughter, Sochienne, has just arrived back having completed higher studies in the U.S. She is a changed person – the trip abroad has brought home to her the value of her roots in Nigerian culture. She disapproves of her mother’s ‘bourgeois’ ways. Mrs. Njoku is quite aghast to see this transformation in her daughter. The entire story is a non - stop ‘boxing match’ between mother daughter, done with great humour, yet deeply moving.