Chai-Biscuit is a new series of public encounters with artists passing through Bombay. Artists will speak about their work and memories of dance in freewheeling conversations, perhaps breaking into a little dance too, all over a cup of chai (ok, or coffee, even). These conversations will be set in fairly public spaces, where we can sit down and listen to each other, but also welcome anyone who chances upon us and feels like joining in.
We’re glad to announce our first Chai-Biscuit with dancer Maria Schneiders. Maria is from Herzogenrath in Aachen, Germany, but spends a good part of her year in India. She started studying classical ballet when she was five. Later, she took classes in Urban Dance – hip-hop, lockin’, poppin’, dancehall and old school, eventually going on to teach hip-hop. She also trained in somatic education methods like Feldenkrais and yoga. She feels at home in contemporary dance, which offers her a liberty of movement that she greatly enjoys. In her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, she combines the influences of Urban Dance and her somatic practice, using her background in ballet as her base and bringing it all together in contemporary dance. Maria sees dance as an opportunity to let the soul express itself.
Prithvi Cafe, 11 am, Sunday, Jan 19, 2014