Part of Performance Space 122's Coil 2017 Festival (Click here to purchase Festival tickets)
Commissioned by PS122
Co-presented with PS122 and Dance Films Association
La Medea is a musical re-imagining of 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, the dark comedy comes to life not only as a live performance in Brooklyn but also as a feature film for audiences watching and interacting remotely around the world. Everyone becomes a performer, subject to the high-stakes immediacy and vulnerability of live TV, bringing theater to cinema and cinema to theater.
La Medea centers around the story’s protagonist in a live TV special tell-all. A wild mash-up of genres and storytelling tropes, Travieso seamlessly shifts between dance and music, talk show and telenovela melodrama, scripted on-camera action and unscripted behind-the-scenes plot twists. Embracing the complexity of conflicting cultural lenses, La Medea confronts the hysterical, dangerous, foreign woman, versus the revolutionary figure willing to destroy her own children in the name of justice. Chaos reigns under the skin of a classic myth. Through the music and libretto by composer Sam Crawford and Travieso’s other collaborating team members, like it’s namesake, La Medea is a spectacle that upends any attempt to pin it down.
“[Yara Travieso’s] intrinsic pursuit of storytelling manifests as stage performance, installation and video; it’s culturally inspired, and an amalgam of genre and influence – she puts the MULTI in multi-disciplinary, multi-media art.” – Kaitlyn Parks, 1985 Artists
Each performance will be live streamed, presented by DFA, powered by Twitch.tv. Tune into the live stream at lamedea.dancefilms.org.
Yara Travieso is a NYC-based director and choreographer creating hybrid works of film, dance installations, musicals and opera. She is a 2016 Creative Capital Awardee, a Performance Space 122 Ramp artist, BRIClab residency artist, and a 2015 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures grantee through the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Born in Miami FL, Travieso co-founded the Borscht Film Festival in 2005 and produced various award winning short films, all while attending and graduating from NYC’s Juilliard School (Dance BFA, 2009). Her films and live performances have been presented across national and international venues as well as various galleries, museums, and festivals. Outside of institutional support, Travieso has been commissioned to direct original short films for Hermes of Paris, Glamour, GQ and Elle, as well as music videos for female centric bands. Having been selected as a 2005 YoungArts award winner, Travieso will return to Miami in the spring of 2017 to create an original work for the YoungArts’ “Outside The Box” series, taking over their entire campus in a large scale outdoor production.