2013
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
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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.

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Yara Travieso is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer creating large scale performances and films. A recipient of a Creative Capital award, The NALAC Grant via The Ford Foundation, Travieso is a graduate of The Juilliard School…


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Yara Travieso is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer creating large scale performances and films. A recipient of a Creative Capital award, The NALAC Grant via The Ford Foundation, Travieso is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the co-founder of the Borscht Film Festival. Her works have been presented with NYC’s Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall, Lincoln Center, SXSW, Film Society, Miami Film Festival, and commissioned by Hermes, Glamour, Elle, among others.

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