Maya Mackrandilal is not only on the development team for Generation Sex, she also is our set and projections designer. It has been awesome to have her in the development sessions with us, because this show is really stepping it up a notch in terms of tech. Her contributions have been incredibly valuable, and her presence during all of this has confirmed something very big for us: we HAVE to have our designers in the room early on while we create and develop a show! Read her blog below to find out how she’s approaching our method of working.
“Working with Teatro Luna on Generation Sex has been a great learning experience for me. I came to performance through visual art, where the body becomes a medium to create visual and spacial experiences for the viewer. I think one of the limitations I’ve had in my practice thus far is that I spend a lot of time in my head. My most recent performance was a 7.5 hour durational performance that was in many ways about finding mental stillness and overcoming the limitations of my body. Being able to participate in some of the movement work during the development process has really taken me out of my comfort zone, which is scary, but I think I’m finally starting to understand what it means to think with your body. I have a long way to go, but I’m really thankful for the opportunity to work in such a supportive environment where I can feel comfortable trying something so new to me. I’m also learning a lot about Teatro Luna’s collaborative process, which has been really interesting. I enjoy listening to the group’s varied perspectives and experiences. I’ve always considered myself a feminist, but this is the first time I’ve participated in a project produced entirely by women, and the experience has been really great. “