b. Bern, Switzerland
based Madrid - New York
Medea: Impulse & Ear (2016)
Photographs by Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI
In this piece, the viewer and actress will engage in a symbiotic relationship that will result in the actress' impulsive selection of a tract of text from Seneca’s Medea. Chairs will be both secured to the floor and freely situated in such a way as to be most conducive to a natural engagement between the actress and the viewer. As, over the course of the day, Medea’s various monologues are repeated in ever-changing scenarios, the nature of Medea’s tragedy, the actress' interpretation and the exchange between actress and viewer will likely greatly morph, as will the depth of one of Medea’s subtler plights: to be a stranger in a strange land.
Maria Herranz studied acting with the Meisner teacher Maggie Flanigan in New York, and has an education in dance and a diploma from the Rambert School of Contemporary and Classical Dance in London. While in New York and Europe, she continued studying Shakespeare with Patsy Rodenburg and participated in various seminars with Karen Kohlhaas, Thomas Ostermeier, and with members of the “Labyrinth Company”: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Charles Goforth, David Deblinger, Shira-Lee Shalit, among others. It was through the “Labyrinth Company” that she wrote and directed her first one act play at the Bank Street Theater and directed “Apples” at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York. She worked as an actress with American film Director Deborah Kampmeier (director of “Hounddog", “Virgins”, and more) in “Split” and in “Early Learnings” with director and producer Chris Rodriguez (“Eat Pray Love”, “American Gangster” and more), as well as many others. As a performer, she worked with Marina Abramović for the MoMa exhibition “The Artist is Present”, the ADIDAS FIFA web video, and the Givenchy 2016 Fashion Week Show. In Europe, she worked with Jan Fabre for the Palais des Papes at the Cour d’Honneur in “Je Suis Sang” and “Histoire des Larmes”, as well as in “Crying Body” at the Théâtre de la Ville and “Tannhauser” in Teatro La Monnaie. Her own works have been shown at the Montemor-o-Novo Theatre in Portugal, Monty Theatre and Troubleyn Theatre in Belgium, and in Barcelona at the Teatro Lliura for the Festival Radicals, among others. She is currently working with director Alex Rigola in Federico Lorca’s play “The Public” that premièred at the Teatro de Abadía in Madrid and Teatro Nacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, and has an upcoming tour.
Performed as part of:
NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016