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Yara Travieso is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer creating large scale performances and films. A recipient of the 2019 United States Artist Fellowship, 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.

  1. 14R - Superior Magazine

    Director, Editor: Yara Travieso -
    Director of Photography: Danilo Hess -

    Client: Superior Magazine
    Starring: Irina Vodolazova
    Score: Jerome Begin -
    Styling: Julie Matos -
    Hair/Make-up: Roberto Morelli for Nars cosmetics at Link
    Camera op: David Fishel
    AD: Sean Waltrous
    PA: James Yarusinsky
    Color: Ryland Jones Live Post
    Fashion Credits: Gucci, Tom Ford, Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Fendi, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Rochas, Michael Kors, Wes Gordon, Elie Tahari, jack vartanian, wilfredo rosado, ron rizzo, Yael Sonia

    The order of events of a young woman's stay at the historic Waldorf Astoria are dismantled and re-assembled; transforming what was a fashion shoot into a haunting psychological thriller. Russian beauty, Irina Vodolazova, stars in the conceptual short film, 14R, the first collaboration between fashion photographer, Danilo Hess and director/editor, Yara Travieso.

  2. SAGITTARIUS A. (film) - teaser

    Writer, Director, Choreographer – Yara Travieso
    Composer/Sound Designer—Sam Crawford
    Lighting Designer—Seth Reiser
    Assistant Director - Liz Charky

    Sagittarius A/Ana – Jennifer Payan
    Dr. Amalia – Catherine Correa
    Narrator – Liz De Lise
    Wolf – Jack Magai

    Guitar/Lap Steel – Zeb Gould
    Violin –
    Keyboard – Jerry Huang
    Trombone – Ed Prettyman
    Vibraphone – Griffin Smith
    French Horn – Ethan Solomon

    Commissioned by EMPAC for their 10 year Celebration.
    Co-produced by Digital Bodega

  3. El Ciclon 2018

    Writer, Director & Choreographer Yara Travieso (2005 Winner in Dance)
    Composer & Librettist Sam Crawford
    Scenic Designer Brookhart Jonquil
    Lighting Designer Seth Reiser
    Assistant Director/Cinematography, Liz Charky
    Costume Designer Ingrid Travieso

    Ava Roxanne Young (2003 Winner in Dance)
    Ranger Stephen Kaiser
    Man Abel Berenguer
    Shadow Figure Kassi Abreu (2002 Winner in Dance)

    Vocals Daniela Amaro (2016 Winner in Voice)
    Vocals Kelley Kessell (2012 Winner in Theater and Voice & U.S. Presidental Scholar in the Arts)
    Guitar & Vocals Liz de Lise
    Percussion Nabedi Osorio
    Piano Steph Taylor

    Production Team
    Director of Alumni and Public Programs Esther Park
    Producer, Production Manager Jane Thayer
    Alumni Programs Manager Joey Butler

    Live Film Technical Director Brandon Dumlao, Subculture Filmworks
    IT Support Michael Rahaman and Claudio Sampaio
    Stage Managers Chelsea Cosio and Denisse Cedeño
    Production Assistant Aston Brooks
    Music and lyrics by Sam Crawford, with additional material from the American folk song “Darlin’ Cory” and “El trío y el
    ciclón” by El Trío Matamoros.
    Award-winning illustration by Ryan Hartley Smith (2002 Winner in Visual Arts).
    Special thanks to Jason Fitzroy Jeffers. Director Yara Travieso also thanks YoungArts for creating a community that
    allows young people to imagine what is possible, then gives them the tools to create that imagined possibility.
    El Ciclón is dedicated to Mandra and Rucho.

    El Ciclón was commissioned and produced by the National YoungArts Foundation.

  4. Till I Hurt You - Grace Weber (Directed by Yara Travieso)

    Official music video for Till I Hurt You, written and performed by Grace Weber. Originally premiered on Team Coco FreshNoise.

    Video Concept and Direction by Yara Travieso
    Produced by Daniel Dewes
    Director of Photography: David Raboy
    Assistant Director: Pamela Giaroli
    Coloring: Vladimir Kucherov

    Skirt design and construction: Sue Julien
    Styling: Corinne Krishnan
    Make Up: Laura Mitchell

    PA's and Special thanks to: Steven Maganero, Drew Schneider, Cassidy Andrews, Emily Wolfe, Tyler Rabinowitz, Jake Carl Magee, Greg Anton, Rosie Duke


    (Episode 1. )

    Created and performed by Yara Travieso
    Your Heart & Your Belly & Your Whole Insides Felt Empty & Wanting & Hollow (Episode 2.) is the second installment of a performance trilogy depicting a dance-for-two between woman and void.

    Episode 2 is both a stand alone film and live performance. Audiences can experience the performance from outside the mirrored room, by either watching it through the 1 inch gaps between the mirrors or through the live feed video projected on a wall outside the mirrored room. A woman wearing a steadicam strapped to her body, performs inside the circular mirrored room. The 360˚ room multiplies the performer’s reflection as well as reveals her to be entirely alone. Episode 2. is meant to confront the multiplicity of oneself as an act of intimacy with nothing. The void is represented through the lack of the other, creating a more psychological intervention than with Episode 1.

    Presented by 1985 Artists and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council New York, NY, 2015

    Production Designer: Pamela Giaroli
    Lighting: Tuce Yasak
    Sound Composition/Design: Sam Crawford

  6. TERESA IS NOT A MERMAID (Trailer 1)

    an absurdist black-comedy short film depicting the catastrophe of lost expectations through the demystification of the “cinematic woman”.

    Directed, Choreographed, & Edited by Yara Travieso
    Featuring, Teresa Marcaida
    and Yara Travieso
    Director of Photography, Pamela Giaroli
    Co-Produced by: Pamela Giaroli and Giulia Carotenuto