La Medea is a new ‘live musical film’ based on Euripides’ greek tragedy turned Latin-disco-pop variety show. Scored live by the wild five-piece band, Jason & The Argonauts, La Medea combines the energy of a live concert with the storytelling magic of a feature film; bringing cinema to theater and theater to cinema. Directed, performed, filmed, and edited in real time, the film was shot in front of a live studio audience acting as the Greek chorus in 2017, Brooklyn, NY. Embracing a multiplicity of cultural lenses, La Medea confronts the historically prevalent image of the hysterical, dangerous, foreign woman, while also offering the revolutionary female figure willing to destroy her own children in the name of justice. Chaos reigns beneath the skin of a classic myth.
Yara Travieso is a New York-based director and choreographer creating films, operas, musicals, and dance installations. She is a 2016 PS122 RAMP Artist, and a 2015 recipient of NALAC through the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Born in Miami FL, she graduated from The Juilliard School (Dance 2009)
Photo by Darren Philip Hoffman
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Walking Distance Dance Festival
This year’s Walking Distance Dance Festival traces performing artists and creative habitats within and beyond the Bay to share a powerful harvest from a Euripides-inspired Latin disco-pop variety show to free improvisers and fierce solo acts. On creating, writer Rebecca Solnit asks, “What are your principal crops? Who do they feed?” Enjoy these artists working across disciplines to offer artistic sustenance to kickoff the summer.