Maria Baranova PHOTOGRAPHY
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UNWANTED

Dorothée Munyaneza / Compagnie Kadidi

Location: Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York 2017

IVY BALDWIN: KEEN [No. 2]

Location: Abrons Art Center
New York 2017

FACES OF DOWNTOWN SCENE

"Faces of Downtown scene" is an ongoing project that unveils makers of experimental performing arts of New York City.

While photographing theatre and dance, I developed a personal friendship with many of performers. This unique relationship and trust gave me the opportunity to develop series of portraits that I plan to continue for many years ahead. Who are they? Dreamers who came to the big city to pursue the freedom of creation. Established makers who still feel brutalism of being an artist in New York. I want to present these people to the viewer, as they are outside of their everyday life and their performing life. I want to create a safe space, a curious space for conversation and capture the spirit of being in the moment.

Location: Gowanus, Brooklyn
2016-

JULIUS CAESAR. SPARED PARTS

Romeo Castellucci / Socíetas Raffaello Sanzio

Location: Federal Hall, New York
2016

LA MEDEA

Yara Travieso 

La Medea is a musical re-imagining of Euripides’ violent tragedy into a dance-theater performance and feature film á la Latin-disco-pop variety show.

PS122 COIL17 festival

Location: BRIC, Brooklyn
2017

VIRTUALLY THERE

Directed by Mafalda Millies and Roya Sachs.

A performance inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet.

MANA Contemporary
2016

ONCE A BLUE MOON/CADA LUNA AZUL

New Summer Spectacle premiered at the Farm July 2015.

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

THERE MIGHT BE OTHERS

Collaboration with Rebecca Lazier and the operation system publication. Photos were used in the There Might Be Others score book, and publicity of world premiere performance commissioned by New York Live Arts March 16th-19th, 2016.

There Might Be Others book

Location: New York City, 2016

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

ELEKTRA

Ann Liv Young "Elektra" performed at
and commissioned by New York Live Arts.

Location: New York City, 2016

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: The New York Times 2015,
The New York Times 2016

Location: Invisible Dog, Brooklyn,
2015, 3LD (3-Legged Dog), New York, 2016

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

THANK YOU FOR COMING

"THANK YOU FOR COMING is a series of works in which Faye Driscoll extends the sphere of influence of performance to create a communal space where the co-emergent social moment is questioned, heightened, and palpable. Through each distinct iteration Driscoll is asking: How do we perceive ourselves as participants in the co-creation of our reality, and through performance can we collectively create a new vision of society?" 

Location: Danspace Project, New York, 2014

600 HIGHWAYMEN

 
Employee Of The Year 2013, 2014, 2016
The Record 2013, 2014
Everyone Was Chanting Your Name 2013
This Great Country 2013
 

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

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.

 

COIL 2016 PS122

ANNIE DORSEN (USA)
Yesterday Tomorrow

CHRIS THORPE & RACHEL CHAVKIN (UK/USA)
Confirmation

FINDLAY//SANDSMARK + PETTERSEN (NORWAY/USA)
o’ death

FRANK BOYD (USA)
The Holler Sessions

HELEN HERBERTSON & BEN COBHAM (AUSTRALIA)
Morphia Series

KANEZA SCHAAL (USA)
GO FORTH

NIV ACOSTA (USA)
DISCOTROPIC

DAVID NEUMANN (USA)
I Understand Everything Better

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.

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

AMERICAN APARTMENT DIARY

This project started in 2012 during my journey across the United States and continued after I settle in New York City. Using touristic approach of photographing memories and selfies in front of familiar attractions, I wanted to do a reverse version of it. I photographed private places, homes where I was a guest or hotel room where I spend a night during my trip. Instead of standing in front of “attraction”, I tried to become part of it.

Probing deeper into the project, I noted the feeling of loneliness and abandonment coming out of the pictures. I discovered that human presence disappears from the picture as soon as there is no face or eye contact. The bodies surface becomes another object in the room for light and shadow. The feeling was explored further by imagining myself as a furniture piece and asking myself, where would the ideal spot for me to be placed be? 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) Hudson (NY)
2012-2016

PUBLICATIONS

Maria Baranova is a Theatre and Dance photographer based in New York City and an Editor at Chance Magazine. Maria Baranova photograph for Performance Space 122, New York Live Arts, MANA Contemporary, Invisible Dog Art Center, BRIC, FIAF, FABNYC, Watermill Center and more.

Selected publications at New York Times, Time Out New York, Village Voice, Theatre Magazine, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Exeunt Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BOMB Magazine, Fuse, Boston Globe and more.