TO PREMIERE IN 2017
La Medea adapts Euripides’ tragedy as a Latin-disco-pop variety show. Simultaneously a musical, live TV simulcast and feature film, the dark-comedy is directed, performed, shot, edited and streamed in real time. The myth of the wild foreigner who vengefully murders her own children is reconsidered. This is not a portrait of the dangerous outsider or hysterical woman, but of our fears of her. Performers and camera operators play the characters, while studio audiences and those tuning in via broadcast act as Greek chorus. Set in a film studio, La Medea lays bare the behind-the-scenes, creating a high-stakes vulnerability for cast, crew and audiences alike.
Written, directed and choreographed by Yara Travieso
Music and libretto by Sam Crawford
Set design by Brookhart Jonquil
Cinematography by Pamela Giaroli
Lighting Design by Tuce Yasak
Co-Produced by Yara Travieso, Dance Films Association and PS122. With generous support via Creative Capital grant, BRIC Arts Media House, and NALAC grant through the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.
Episode II. of “Your Heart & Your Belly & Your Whole Insides Felt Empty & Wanting & Hollow” is part of a trilogy depicting an intimate relationship between a woman and the void. The third episode will be explored later this year.
Episode II. is both a stand alone film and live performance. Audiences enter a studio and find a circular mirrored room with no door in the center of the space. A woman, wearing a steadicam strapped to her body, performs inside the circular mirrored room. Visitors can stand or walk anywhere outside the small 360˚ room and can only see inside the room through small two inch gaps between each mirror panel. These limited glimpses through the gaps contrast the primary focus– a live feed video that is shot from inside the small room and projected against the studio walls outside the mirrored room. My work sample reflects this live feed video projection, which is also the point of view of the steadicam strapped to the performer. The camera movements are strategically manipulated through the performer’s body to demonstrate the choreography through a curated frame. The 360˚ mirrored room both multiplies the performer’s reflection as well as reveals her to be entirely alone. Yet, in the opening scene of Episode 2 there is text read by a performer while I use my foot to manipulate the movements of the steadicam, manufacturing the feeling of “other” in the room.
Created/Performed by Yara Travieso
Production Design, Pamela Giaroli
Lighting Design Tuce Yasak
Sound Composition/ Design, Sam Crawford
Co-Produced by Yara Travieso and 1985 Artists
Created with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Episode 1 and 2 of “Your Heart & Your Belly & Your Whole Insides Felt Empty & Wanting & Hollow” are part of a trilogy depicting an intimate relationship between a woman and the void. The third episode will be explored later this year. Both Episodes 1 and 2 tell a story of woman in direct confrontation with an environment that personifies “emptiness”---one romantic, a woman with a parachute, and one psychological, a woman with a steadicam in mirrored room.
In Episode 1, a woman straps a large parachute to her waist which is then suspended horizontally through high powered wind machines facing the chute. The 80lb wind blown parachute creates constant tension for an exhausting tug-of-war with the woman. The sample video is a documentation of a live performance of the work. In it, you can see the audience’s point of view, seated on one side of the performance space, however, the work can be presented in a non-proscenium setting as well.
Created by Yara Travieso
Sound Design by Sam Crawford
Co-Produced by Yara Travieso and Pamela Giaroli
DP: Boofa Hobbs
DP 2: Pamela Giaroli
Presented by STREB and created during the GO Commissioning program, Brooklyn, NY 2014
Enacting the famous aria, Dido’s Lament, from Henry Purcell’s baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas, the project places Dido, the queen of Carthage, in an abstract swampland — Queen Dido sings the haunting aria, depicting her end as being “laid in earth”, consumed by nature, as she pleads to be remembered by the grandeur of her life. The piece depicts a swampland, where Dido is beginning to be overtaken by the surrounding mangroves. The murky waters of the swamp leave no trace; that which is swallowed is erased, digested by a seething mass of organisms. Dido is a tragic character, created on the precipice of her own ruins. The box theater invites the viewer into the spectacle of opera, the magic of cinema, and the tactility of an object, creating a dynamic stage for this radical re-visioning of a baroque icon.
Laid In Earth is a tiny baroque opera in a 8x9.5x16" acrylic box- theater.
Directed and performed by Yara Travieso
In collaboration with Artist Mira Lehr.
Flomenhaft Gallery, Chelsea NY
Previews presented by:Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC
KWAIDAN, the Multimedia-Dance-Cine-Horror-Opera-Installation, is a journey into the void: lost, neon-lit and with a fully realized psychological-horror-thriller aesthetic. The libretto derives from ancient Japanese horror stories collected and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. Through a cross-pollination of live performance, cinema, architecture, music and dance, KWAIDAN creates disorienting environments that reflect and trigger the foreignness that lies within. Housed in a 360˚ installation where audience and performers coexist on stage–the theater is turned inside out and transformed into a place for highly personal encounters with the singers, dancers and the expansive, surrounding cinematic video projections. The opera exists in a beautiful and delirious dimension, offering the lightning bolt of terror expected from cinema. Together, audiences and artists free-fall into our shared experience of uncertainty, fear, and pleasure of the unknown.
Composer Jerome Begin,
Installation artist, Chat Travieso.
Mezzo-Soprano: Lisa Komara, Baritone: David Giuliano,
Dancer: Carlye Eckert & Carl Henry Belizaire “Element”
Director of photography: Pamela Giaroli, & Darren Hoffman
Technical Director: William Fastenow
CONCEPT MOCK-UP for a short pas de deux with the void
Locust Projects, 2013
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I am sorry to tell you that
Miss ______ is unable to dance tonight, nor indeed any other night.
Nevertheless, we’ve decided to present the piece. It is the
ballet that made her name, whose name she made. We present it because
we think she would have wished it."
Music, Sam Crawford
Dancer, Olivia Ancona