Artist Spotlight No. 11: Yara Travieso
Know first about Yara Travieso, dancer, choreographer and No. 11 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue II. Yara is a multimedia artist that juxtaposes myth, reality, and satire into her practice; most notably she was "in a Rihanna scandal." Learn more about Yara on our Artist Spotlight and catch her during LAB // SESSIONS.
Three words that describe your choreography:
Carnivalesque, Anti-Spectacle, Hyper-femme
Yara Travieso is a director, choreographer, and performer creating films and transmedia productions. Through the collision of storytelling mediums such as cinema, dance, opera, and theater, she creates juxtapositions between myths, reality, and satire, provoking female archetypes and their emotional complexities. Awards: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Grantee through the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, others; Residencies: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The BRICLab, Marymount Manhattan College M(mix), Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Imagine Science Film Festival, and The Bessie Schoenberg International Choreographic Residency. Her works have premiered at Lincoln Center, BRIC Arts Media House, STREB Lab For Action Mechanics, The Yard Arts, and Miami’s New World Symphony Center. Travieso holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School.
About Yara's Creative Process
I am a storyteller, filmmaker, director, choreographer, and sometimes performer. My work is a juxtaposition of myths, reality, and satire, provoking female archetypes and their emotional complexities. Through the collision of storytelling forms such as cinema, dance, opera, and theater, the work creates an arena in which human conflict and visual spectacle are heightened. My process begins with a character or a narrative, followed by visual spectacles that inspire a series of storyboards. I then work with my director of photography and performers to create the cinematic language, script, and finally the choreography comes last. If the work is a stand-alone film, I then edit the footage alongside my composer.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
Filmmaking, editing, directing (Film/Opera)
What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Pedro Almodovar for his ability to balance the absurd and the vulnerable. Alejandro Jodorowsky for his ability to find the spectacle in storytelling.
What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
Being in a Rihanna scandal
We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
The face is a mediator between the viewer and the narrative----It lets us know that we are dealing with a person in the context of experiences.
Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
“Don’t Be Boring!”