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SHAHRAZAD

"Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic is the story of a woman who attempts to transform her world through courage and imagination. Shahrazad's mesmerizing tales weave together elements of poetry, flying, humor, live music, and the visual arts, and demonstrate the triumph of creativity over destruction."
Double Edge Theatre

Location: Double Edge Theatre the Farm, Ashfield, MA
2013-2014

DOUBLE EDGE THEATRE/TRAININGS

"Training is the cornerstone of Double Edge's creative process, focusing on the discovery of the body and voice as an integral and responsive expressive vessel. Developed by Stacy Klein with Carlos Uriona, Matthew Glassman, and the ensemble, the unique, holistic methodology engages the actor's full potential – physical, vocal, emotional, and imaginative – to drive individual exploration, ensemble collaboration, and performance creation." Double Edge Theatre.

Location: Double Edge Theatre Farm, Ashfield, MA
2012- to this day

THE WASTELANDS PROJECT

The Wastelands Project is about the places that bridge life and death, love and rage, hope and despair. It is about resilience, it is about the queerness in our souls, it is about everything we can hardly dare to dream could be possible, but need to. The barren starkness of the Wastelands is already spreading like wildfire, but that is exactly why Children of the Wild is making this performance: because the forest has not yet burned to the ground.
 

Conceived, Composed and Directed by Walken Schweigert.
Created by Children of the Wild.
Performed by Amber Adeline, Katie Burgess, Michael Hulburt, Lindsay Swan, and Walken Schweigert.

Location: Ashfield, MA, 2015

ONCE A BLUE MOON/CADA LUNA AZUL

Work-in-progress of new Summer Spectacle
premiering at the Farm July 2015.

Previews: July 24-26
Performances: July 29 - August 23
Wednesday - Sunday at 8 pm, rain or shine

CLICK HERE to get your tickets

Location: Double Edge Theatre the Farm, Ashfield, MA
2015

THE GRAND PARADE

I documented a number of rehearsals of The Grand Parade (of the 20th century) - a swirling kaleidoscope of history inspired by Marc Chagall’s vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. 

The Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)
Performance Kitchen (Baltimore, MD)
Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

Publications in
American Theatre Magazine 4/2013 and various of US and International magazines during the tour.
2011-2014

TOTAL VERRÜCKT!

Joanna Caplan developed Total Verrückt! in residency at Double Edge Theatre’s Farm Center in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Her creation process combines Double Edge’s immersive physical theatre training methodology with research into the ancestral memory of her Jewish heritage and the legacy of Jewish artists. The 50-minute performance weaves stories and characters connected to pre-war Germany, the Weimar Republic and the height of the German Cabaret.

Location: Double Edge Theatre the Farm, Ashfield, MA
2014

COURT/GARDEN

Court/Garden, is a spectacle in three acts with live music and live video feeds. It takes as inspiration the participatory spectacles of the French Court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage, and the presentation of live video feeds as cultural, social and political frames of experience.
Direction & Choreography: Yanira Castro

ALTIPLANO/JANE COMFORT

Representing a radical shift from Jane Comfort’s history of text-driven works, Altiplano is an abstract dance that originates in movement structures that range from spare images of the desert to highly physical and complex configurations, like a flash flood or violent winds. It references the evolution of animals and social communication with its gradually increasing physicality and hive-like density.

YOUARENOWHERE

Created by Andrew Schneider with Peter Musante, Christine Shallenberg and Omar Zubair.
Produced by Shelley Carter.
Co-commissioned by PS122 and Mass Live Arts.

Published: New York Times
Location: Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY
2015

A TIME OF SPRING

With A Time of SpringThierry Thieû Niang creates a platform where old and young, amateur and professional, text and movement can mix fluidly to tell the story of The Rite of Spring’s infamous opening as told in the diaries of its choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky. A professional actor will read selections from the diaries. The second half of the performance will be a dance piece, inspired by both Nijinsky’s choreography and the themes of The Rite.

Location: The Invisible Dog Art Center
New York
2014

A NUTCRACKER PART I

Created by Katie Rose McLaughlin, Joshua William Gelb, and Ian Axness. From a story by Dan O'Neil. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

With Kaitlyn Gilliland, Pierre Guilbault, Lisa Lockwood, Valda Setterfield, Garry Chryst and Luisa Blakely.

 

EVERYONE WAS CHANTING YOUR NAME

A living portrait of 8 people spanning
many decades in age that examines,
amplifies, and distends the habits
and behaviors that make up "real life".

Play by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

 

Location: Abrons Arts Center,
New York
2013
Published: The New York Times

LUCIA'S CHAPTERS

Promotional shoot for Lucia`s Chapters, Mabou Mines tour in
The Brighton Festival, U.K.
Featuring Maria Tucci & Paul Kandel

IN PARIS

I spent several months shooting behind-the-scenes during rehearsals for the world premier of “In Paris”, a play starring dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Published: Various international and Finnish magazines including The Financial Times, Le Figaro, Hufvudstadsbladet and Helsingin Sanomat

Exhibited: Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki,  2011,
Love&Money series at Hasan&Partners, Helsinki, 2011
"Ballet is the Castle of Beauty". Group exhibition with Nina Alovert and Paul Kolnik, The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg 2013

THE RECORD

45 strangers come together for 61 minutes to show us who they are, and who they could be. Part theater, part dance, part group hallucination - vivid human assembly on an epic scale. The subject is us; the time is now.

Play by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

 

Location: The Invisible Dog Art Center
New York, 2013
Published: Exeunt Magazine,
American Theatre Magazine

THIS GREAT COUNTRY

600 HIGHWAYMEN and a cast of 17 individuals collide with Arthur Miller´s towering 1949 drama Death of a Salesman. A completely new telling of a familiar story.

Play by 600HIGHWAYMEN

Location: River to River, Pier 17 shopping mall,
New York
2013
Published: The New York Times

EVERYTHING ONE IN THE DISC OF THE SUN

In Everything One in the Disc of the Sun, three Osirian priests gather at a pseudo-Egyptian karaoke bar at the end of time to perform their favorite tracks from the self-help repertoire. Under the cosmic glow of an LED pyramid, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble sings, chants, and recites forgotten hits from the VHS vaults of gurus, cult leaders, corporate speakers, and extraterrestrial mediums, which they channel through an embedded in-ear karaoke machine. Combined with original songs, gestural fragments of the Death Trance Dance, compulsive drinking rituals, video projection, and other cultural flotsam, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble entombs the lost relics of a future civilization in lyrical self-preservation.

THE MAID'S THE MAIDS

Guerrilla- style promotional photo-shoot for The Maid's The Maids, play by Sister Sylvester. Featured in Chance Magazine #4.

 

Make-up & Hair: Satu Huikko
Models: Anna Gorojankina (Fondi Models), Jonas Sjödin, Olga Minina
Helsinki
2012

FASHION HELSINKI: DARK

Maria Baranova and Daniela Talvitie, both established photographers in the Finnish fashion circle, joined forces to create Fashion Helsinki: Light and Dark to introduce emerging Finnish designers and models to a global audience. Set up in the Old Customs Warehouse, the site of the upcoming Helsinki Design Week, the photo shoot featured top Finnish models, fashion journalists and bloggers, dressed up by leading Finnish designers. These photographs by Maria Baranova represent the Dark half of the equation.

 

Full publication at RAWR Magazine

Exhibited: Brooklynphoto Studio, New York, 2012

Make-up: Kata Niemi and Sonja Vanhanen
Hair: Taryn Renee Baker and Katarina Eskelinen
Models: Anette, Julia&Emilia, Helen, Nelly, Elisa, Jenni, Eric
Assistant: Jonas Sjödin

 

 

 

TRASHION

Collaboration with Finnish designers in New York.

Photography and Concept: Maria Baranova
Fashion: OutsaPop Trashion
Hats: Fiona Timantti, Lola Hats
Acessory Anna Talvi and Nadia Kuu
Model: Pasha Setrova
Stylist: Sherah Jones
Hair & Make-up: Yenni-K
Location: Secret Works, Brooklyn, New York
2013

AMERICAN APARTMENT DIARY

This project is about my trips in the USA, self-portrait’s from different places I lived in. Started as a joke, I soon realized the loneliness and the fear coming from these pictures. The feeling of something missing or being "wrong", really bothers me.

Why? Since, when there is no face or eye contact, human becomes a subject. One of the furniture items in the room. IT. Apart from the human features, it is just a surface for the light and shadows. It is present in the picture, but lacks human attributes.

I imagined myself as a furniture and asked what would be a good place for me to be placed in. Suddenly, I did not control the room anymore, the room controlled me.

 

Location: New York City (NY), Ashfield (MA), Santa Monica, Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto (CA)
2012-2014

MARIA BARANOVA

Sepia Photography & Design Studio
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Publications: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Theatre Magazine, Chance Magazine, The New Yorker, The Moscow Times, Elle India, Time Out NY, Moda Magazine, REVS Magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, The Financial Times, Le Figaro, Hufvudstadsbladet, Afisha and more...

Theatre Photography researcher at Double Edge Theatre.

 

Location: USA, Finland
Languages: Finnish, English, Russian