DP, Darren Hoffman
TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS THE PREVIEW OF
KWAIDAN, A MULTIMEDIA-DANCE-CINE-HORROR-OPERA-INSTALLATION
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June 15th, 2013 shows @ 7:30pm & 8:30pm
June 16th, 2013 shows @7:30pm & 8:30pm
KWAIDAN is a Multimedia-Dance-Cine-Horror-Opera-Installation. 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 underground East Brooklyn Flex 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. KWAIDAN is a journey into the void: lost, neon-lit and with a fully realized psychological-horror-thriller aesthetic. The opera exists in a beautiful, delirious, spiritual dimension, offering the lightning bolt of terror we expect from cinema. Together, audiences and artists free-fall into our shared experience of uncertainty, fear, and pleasure of the unknown.
This opera is forged through the collaboration of composer Jerome Begin, siblings: director, choreographer and video artist, Yara Travieso, and installation artist Chat Travieso. Featuring: Dancer, Carlye Eckert, Flex Dancer, "Element" (Carl Belizaire), Mezzo-Soprano, Lisa Komara, Baritone, David Giuliano
Live concert for electronically processed string ensemble, multi-channel video projection and five dancers with a microphone. Presented by The New World Symphony. Closing performance honored by YoungArts.
Created for the new Frank Gehry designed New World Center in Miami, FL, SET is a site-specific work that delves into the idea of tension and seeks to trigger a sense of disorientation from within. A free fall into the unfamiliar, SET finds stability in mid-air, where inhibitions dissolve away. Audience members sit anywhere in the 360 degree performance and multichannel video projection space. Seven orchestral string instruments play through composer Jerome Begin’s live electronic manipulation. The human voice is amplified via handheld microphone, distorted, hovering on the edge of intelligibility. SET references cinematic genres of horror, sci-fi, and psychological thriller within each of its 8 episodes in order to tap into the viewer’s fears of the unknown.
Created by Yara Travieso
Composer and sound designer: Jerome Begin
Dancers: Esmé Boyce, Giula Carotenuto, Carlye Eckert, Mannelich Minniefee, Christopher Ralph
Musicians: Jerome Begin and Fellows of the New World Symphony
Collaborating Artists: Darren Hoffman (Technical Director and DP), Fabiola Arias (Costume), Chat Travieso (Architectural Rendering), Ryan Hartley (Illustrator).
Flomenhaft Gallery, Chelsea NY
Yara Travieso and Mira Lehr
Laid In Earth is a tiny baroque opera in a 8x9.5x16" acrylic box- theater. 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.
Four wall multi-channel video and sound installation, performance, and sculpture (3:23min loop).
Kelley Roy Gallery, 2011
A motorcycle chain penetrates layers of plexiglas sheets, forming a flexible sculpture modeled after the human vertebrae. Highly explosive fuse lines are threaded through the motorcycle chain and lit on fire, bringing the sculpture violently to life. The event is then recorded and projected onto a woman’s back while she attempts to replicate the clattering lateral motion. An uncanny spectacle of physical life in the lifeless, V1-V3 humanizes the inanimate and removes the familiar.
Created by Yara Travieso and Mira Lehr
Original Score and Sound Installation: Jerome Begin