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Awardee: Yara Travieso

Performing Arts, 2016

Yara Travieso is a NYC-based director and choreographer creating films, stage works, and immersive installations. Creating productions around conceptual & satyrical femme narratives, Travieso pulls from a hybrid vocabulary of form & magical-realism. Travieso is a 2017 HERE Resident Artist, a 2016 Creative Capital recipient, and a 2015 National Association Latino Arts & Cultures grantee through the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Her most recent work, La Medea, was presented by Performance-Space 122, BRIC Arts, and Dance Films Association. The film version of La Medea screened with Film Society of Lincoln Center, Miami Film Festival, and SXSW. In 2005, Travieso co-founded the Borscht Film Festival in Miami FL. Soon after, she graduated from NYC’s Juilliard School with a Dance BFA. Her original productions have been presented worldwide in theaters, museums, and festivals. Travieso’s original opera collaborations have premiered in many venues throughout Europe, including her favorite, The Amphitheatre D'oin Montpellier, France. Commissioned to direct original short films, Travieso has collaborated with Hermes of Paris, Glamour, GQ, Conde Nast, and Elle. Travieso gives workshops and lectures with international institutions. She develops new work through residency programs like LMCC, The Bessie Schonberg Foundation, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, PS122 RAMP, and BRICLab.

http://www.yaratravieso.com

Project: La Medea

La Medea, re-imagines Euripides’ violent tragedy into a dance-theater performance and feature film á la Latin-disco-pop variety show. Directed, performed, filmed, edited and streamed in real time, La Medea comes to life not only as a live performance in Brooklyn but also as a feature film for audiences watching and interacting online world-wide. Everyone becomes a performer, subject to the high-stakes immediacy and vulnerability of live TV, bringing theater to cinema and vice versa. Embracing the complexity of conflicting cultural lenses and point of views, La Medea reconsiders history's own "bad woman" and "dangerous foreigner" and finds freedom within her multiplicity.  La Medea demystifies Medea herself, and asks theater/cinema to look in the mirror and re-consider its gaze, exposing real chaos under the skin of a classic myth.

La Medea creative team includes Sam Crawford (Composer, Librettist), Brookbart Jonquil (Set Design), Tuce Yasak (Lighting Designer), Pamela Giaroli (Director of Photography, Camera Operator), Sue Julien (Costume Designer), Liz Charky (Associate Cinematographer), Ryan Hartley Smith (Illustrator), Jonathan David Kane (Creative Film Producer).