Coffee Chats - Raka Maitra on The Choreographer’s Process (Session 2)
Want to know how choreographers think when creating a dance piece? What challenges do these artists have? How do you run a dance company? What is dance all about? A new event at Esplanade's da:ns festival; Coffee Chats is a rare opportunity to have an intimate conversation with a dance artist or practitioner.
In each session, up to three people get 20 minutes to ask questions and dialogue with artists and practitioners. Due to the limited slots available, please be at the venue 10 minutes before the event. In the situation that you are not present, we will give your slot to another on the waiting list.
To be placed on the waiting list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Conversationalist
Raka Maitra is a dancer who defies the conventional dichotomy of 'classical' and 'contemporary'. She is a dancer simpliciter; exploring through her work the notion of 'Asian Culture' through her own language of contemporary dance. The basis of her movement is both the martial arts and classical Indian dance. A disciple of Odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal, Raka was awarded the Shringarmani, a national level award for Odissi. She has also undergone intensive studies in Serraikella Chhau under Sashadhar Acharya. Raka was an associate artist with The Substation, from 2007-2011. As described by dance scholar Dr. Stephanie Burridge, “with great courage and perhaps audacity, Raka has stepped outside safe boundaries and blurred the lines of tradition”. As Dance Europe recently said, “Maitra is without doubt a dancer of the 21st century.” Her recent works include The Blind Age (2014), You Cannot Look Away (2014), Circular Ruins (2012), The Hungry Stones (2011), In Mira (2010) and Stray Birds (2008).
In 2007, she founded CHOWK and is currently its Artistic Director.