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Laia Cabrera — CV
Laia Cabrera is a Spanish filmmaker and video artist based in New York. She merges cinematic arts, dance, music, theater and visual arts. Recipient of many awards including KrTU Young Creators, the National Catalan Art Grant (CONCA), AVA and Telly awards, NYIT awards 2015 winner for Best Art Production and 3-time nominee for Outstanding Innovative Video Design and winner of the Kodak & Color Lab award for Best Cinematic film for Under Influence. Her work includes traditional and experimental filmmaking, multimedia-theater and video-mapped site-specific installations presented worldwide and commissioned by major institutions. She is currently the artistic director of LAIA CABRERA & CO co-founded with French animator Isabelle Duverger, a team of visual artists producing a wide range of multimedia projects.
GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2016 Telly Awards 2016 Silver Winner for Best Direction (Highest Distinction)
2015 Grant from Georgetown Busilness Improvement District, Washington DC
2015 Grant from DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Washington DC
2015 New York Innovative Theater Award Winner for the multimedia theater piece "Night" Outstanding Performance Art Production
2015 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee for "Night" Outstanding Innovative Design
2014 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee for "Cosmicomics" Outstanding Innovative Design
2014 Telly Awards 2014 Bronze Winner for Best Art Direction
2013 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee for "Garden of Delights" Outstanding Innovative Design
2013 Telly Awards 2013 Silver Winner for Best Documentary
2013 Telly Awards 2013 Silver Winner for Best Animation
2013 AVA Digital Awards 2013 Platinum Winner Best video Animation and Best Creativity
2013 AVA Digital Awards 2013 Gold Winner Best Documentary
2010 CONCA Grant for "Claim your Place" from the Consell Nacional de la Cultura I de les Arts, Catalonia, Spain
2010 Residency in Topia Arts New York, USA, May - June 2010
2009 Residency L'animal a l'esquena. Nu2's, Celrà, Spain, Nov 2009
2002 Best Cinematic Film Award for "Under Influence" at The 23rd Annual Invitational Film Festival, NY
2000 KrTU Award for Young Creators for the international exhibition and multimedia project "Neutral Identities" by the Department of
Culture of the Government of Catalonia, Spain
1997-98 "Year Lumière" project. Two-year research Grant by the Audiovisual Communication Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
FILM & VIDEO ART (Directing, Editing and Cinematography)
2016 "Quantum" Film-Art-Music piece, Conceived and directed by Laia Cabrera. Music by Erica Glyn and Animations by Isabelle Duverger
2015 "Kavli Human Project" Short Documentary, Directed by Laia Cabrera, Assistant Director Isabelle Duverger with the support of The Kavli Foundation,
the Kavli HUMAN Project (KHP)
2015 "I AM" Haute Jewelry Designer Alexandra Mor Story & Inspiration. Film directed by Laia Cabrera, Assistant Director Isabelle Duverger.
Featured in Vogue Jewelry - Telly Awards 2016 Silver Winner for Best Direction (Highest Distinction)
2014 "Untitled mind" Film for installation and cinematic presentation, Nuit Blanche, Washington DC. Video Dance Short Film, Directed by Laia Cabrera.
Choreography by Alexander Proia. Performed by Catherine Correa and Jonathan Royse Windham.
Production design and special effect by Isabelle Duverger. Music by Javier Moreno.
2013 "An Ecosystem Transforming Healthcare Through Technology" NYeC 2013. Telly Awards 2014 for Best Art Direction, Laia Cabrera & Co
2012 "How the SHINY Makes Life Better" NYeC 2012
. Best video Animation and Best Creativity, AVA Digital Awards 2013 Platinium Winner,
Laia Cabrera & Co.
2011 "Shifting Gaze Film" (Film-Video) Conceived and directed by Laia Cabrera. Music by Erica Glyn and Animations by Isabelle Duverger.
Presented at Spain Art Fest'10, Times Square; KJCC REGION 0 International Video Art Festival of New York, March 2011, Institute Cervantes of
London, England June 2012, El Tragaluz Digital de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, July 2012, Centro Cultural Cuale, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, March 2012.
2010 "Monegros-Nueva York" (video New York) Presented at the exhibition Desiertos y Cardenales by Teresa Ramón with the collaboration of the
Art-Lab at La Lonja, Zaragoza, Spain, from November 19, 2010 to January 2, 2011.
2009 "Is there an edge of belief" (mixed media) Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera, Presented at the 2nd edition of the multidisciplinary festival
"Jaen en Femenino", Jaen, Spain. Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ULA 2010, Mérida, Venezuela.
2008 "New York" (mixed media), Created and edited by Laia Cabrera. Presented at the exhibition "NY (p) NY (f) David Besora" at the Sala Gòtica,
Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs, Lleida, Spain, from July 3 to September 14, 2008.
2006 "Singularity" (film & video art). Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera, Inaugurated the International Video and Animation Festival "Animac" in Spain,
Lleida 2006. "Festival Internacional de Teatro Social 'ReACT'" sponsored by the Fundación por la Justicia, Valencia, Spain.
2003 "Invisible" (fiction/16 mm film), Vertiginosas (islands) production. Written and directed by Laia Cabrera. Premiered at Two Boots Pioneer Theater, NY.
Official selection: Milano Film Festival 2006, Kinoforum Festival, "Mostra International" Brasil 2005, Film Screening series at Topia Arts Center, MA.
2002 "Dropped", a multimedia essay (video) Vertiginosas (islands) production. Directed by Laia Cabrera. Knowledge Union, Media Studies
Screening program, NYC.
2001 "Under Influence" (experimental/16mm film), NY. Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera. Best Cinematic Film at the 23rd. Annual Invitational Film
Festival, New York.Annual Invitational Film Festival, NY, Land Escape 2001, Two Boots, USA; Screen Addictions Spain, Ocho y Medio, Quito, Ecuador.
Screenings and Films Festivals: Land Escapes Mount Desert Symposium in the Arts. Bar Harbor, Maine, USA; The 23rd Annual New School
Invitational Film Festival. New York, USA; Enfoque en NY. Quito, Ecuador. New York, USA; Screen Addictions, Exhibition of video creations,
2000 "Falling Apart" (fiction/digital film) written by Maria Litvan. Co-direction and cinematography. Cast: Jordi Rico, Carme Poll. Vertiginosas (islands)
1999 "A Dos Parto" (video), Theater and Trapeze Company Lorrojo, Argentina / Spain.
1998 "Lines" (fiction/16mm Film), Written by Maria Litvan. Co-direction and film editing. Produced by Vertiginosas islands, NY.
VIDEO-INSTALATION-PERFORMANCE / EXHIBITIONS
2016 “Aire: Visual Concert for Nomads”Site-Specific Visual Concert and Projection Design, Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley New York, as
a large scale 5000 sq/ft visual concert performed live with an ensemble orchestra and sponsored by Art Mid Hudson, NYSCA. Created and directed by
Laia Cabrera in collaboration with Javier Moreno Sanchez (music direction), Isabelle Duverger (Video Mapping)
2016 “La Noche From Spain” Video mapped Installation, Institute Cervantes, New York in collaboration with Javier Moreno (production) and
Isabelle Duverger (Video Mapping, Animations)
2015 “Shifting Gaze @ GLOW” Film-Art-Music installation conceived and directed by Laia Cabrera, Music by Erica Glyn, Animations and Mapping
by Isabelle Duverger, Georgetown Glow Festival, Washington DC projected on the main Wall of the Georgetown Canal as a large site-specific
immersive video mapped installation and commission by the Georgetown Business improvement District (BID) and the Spanish Embassy in DC.
2015 “Aire: Visual Concert for Nomads” Site-Specific Visual Concert and Projection Design, Art All Night, Washington DC, projected at the Neoclassical
building of the Bank of America as a large scale visual concert performed live with an ensemble orchestra and sponsored by the DC Commission for
the Arts and Humanities, DC. Created and directed by Laia Cabrera in collaboration with Javier Moreno Sanchez (music direction),
Isabelle Duverger (Video Mapping)
2015 “The Garden Party” Video mapped Installation, Institute Cervantes, New York in collaboration with Javier Moreno (production) and
Isabelle Duverger (Video Mapping, Animations)
2014 City In Motion Video Installation commissioned by Reebok, White Box Gallery, SoHo, New York
in collaboration with Javier Moreno (production) and Isabelle Duverger (Video Mapping, Animations)
2014 Aire Video Installation Performance Concert, Tempietto Di Bramante – Rome, Italy
in collaboration with Javier Moreno Sanchez (music direction), Isabelle Duverger (Video Mapping), Isabel Cadenas (Poetry)
& Lucia Miranda (Stage Management)
2013 Untitled mind Indoor - Outdoor Video & sound installation with mapping in collaboration with Isabelle Duverger, Wonderbread Factory, Nuit Blanche, Washington DC
2013 Bon Bagay: Art Auction and Charity event for Haiti Mixed media projection and mapping, Raw Space, Harlem, New York. Laia Cabrera & Co
2013 Pikolinos Pop-Up Store Video Installation Mapping Meatpacking District, NYC,
listed as the 10 best designed stores in the world
2013 Maasai Project Video mapped sound installation/lab/exhibit on the Maasai women in Kenya, commissioned by Pikolinos, Pop up Store-NY Chelsea, NYC
2012 Landscape of the Soul multimedia visual concert with 17 video-mapped screens with world-percussionist Nacho Arimany. La Mama, NYC
2011 Resonant Streams (large site-specific visual installation performance) in collaboration with LiquidBody Dance Company. "The Value of
Water" series at the Cathedral Saint John The Devine in New York, November 2011
2010-11 Shifting Gaze (Video-Art-Music Installation) Conceived and directed by Laia Cabrera. Music by Erica Glyn and Animations by Isabelle Duverger,
Spain Art Fest'10 in Times Square, Consulate of Spain in NY, REGION 0 International Video Art Festival of New York, March 2011
2009-11 Walk Pasa Bouge V1 (Video-Aerial-Animation-Sound performance) by Cia Lorrojo, Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger. The Glasslands Gallery,
and Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, December 2009, Pianos, NYC, and Monkey Town, Brooklyn, November 2009, Hopla, Festival of Circus Arts of
Brussels, Belgium, April 2011.
2010 Claim Your Place (Video-Installation-Performance) Conceived and directed by Laia Cabrera & Nuria Legarda. Performed at Centro Español NYC,
May 2010. Tournefeuille Festival Les Nuits Euphoriques, France,
June 2010. Festival New Tendencies Terrassa (TNT), Spain. September 2010. Festival Cos Reus, Spain,
October 2010. Project commissioned by Topia Arts Center, CAER and CAET with funding from Consell Nacional de la
Cultura i de les Arts (CONCA), Catalunya, Spain
2010 Nacho Arimany Trio (Concert-VideoArt) An improvisional dialogue with live music and live visuals, BAM October 2010, Zora Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Playing Equality (Dance-theater-Video), Video Art by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger, Produced and performed by Puy Navarro & Francisco Reyes. Commissioned by the Generalitat Valenciana, for the International Universities Forum 2009 and the Valencian Foundation for Human Rights. International University Forum on "Poverty Eradication: A Challenge for Universities Worldwide", Boricua College of the City University of
New York, 2009. Festival Internacional de Teatro Social 'ReACT'" sponsored by the Fundación por la Justicia, Valencia, Spain, 2010
2007-09 For Feather (Visual-Concert) in collaboration with composer-musician Erica Glyn. 4 Video streams projected live in conjunction with live musicians performed at Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music,, BAM November 2008, The Waterloo, Cleveland, OH September 26, 2009, The Subway, Cincinnati, OH, September 25, 2009, Monkey Town, June 2009, Zebulon, April 2008, Joe's Pub, 2007, Rose, 2007
2008 Touching Gravity 2/Tilt (Dance Video) Interactive, aerial videodance-website choreographed and performed by Caryn Heilman of LiquidBody MediaDance. Project commissioned by the New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
2006 Send (live music & live visuals) in collaboration with musician Bryan Noll (Concrescense) performed at Nublu, NYC, Zebulon, Brooklyn, Laila, Brooklyn
2003 Beacon (Dance-video) Liquid Body Company. Live vídeo by Laia Cabrera. Performed at Holy Water Lower East Side; SUNY Purchase Dance
Theater & Puffin Cultural Forum.
MULTIMEDIA THEATER – VIDEO CREATION
2016 Sincronizada by Mar Gomez Glez, Teatro Del Canal, Madrid, Spain - Finalist of Talent Madrid 2016 Festival
2015 Emilie by Radegund Hain, a multimedia play by Katie Naka produced by Stephanie Schmiderer, Markus Hirnigel and presented at the Theater
For the New City, NYC with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum
2015 Ronensbourgh by Beatriz Cabur, a Multimedia Theater Play by AENY presented at IATI theater, NYC.
2015 Night by Charles Mee, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company presented at the Theater For the New City, NYC.
New York Innovative Theater Award nominee for Outstanding Innovative design (Projection Design, Visuals and Animations)
New York Innovative Theater Award winner for Outstanding Performance Art Production
2014 Cosmicomics inspired by Italo Calvino, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company presented at Dixon Place, NYC.
New York Innovative Theater Award nominee for Outstanding Innovative design (Projection Design, Visuals and Animations)
2013 Prologue directed by Maria Litvan. Video and video projections Presented at the Center of Performance Research
2012 Garden of Delights by renown playwriter Fernando Arrabal, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company presented at The Theater
for the New City, NYC. New York Innovative Theater Award nominee for Outstanding Innovative design (Projection Design, Visuals and Animations)
2011 The Road To Happiness (Theater Play). Projection designed by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger (video, illustrations/Animations and mapping
Presented March 16-18 at the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
2010 Mapping Mobius (Multimedia theater play) New Stage Theater Company, La Mama, NYC, Dec 2010
2008 La Jaula Bajo El Trapo (Multimedia theater play) Video Art by Laia Cabrera, performed at the Festival Teatro Vivo, King Juan Carlos Center, NYU
2008 Life is a dream (Multimedia theater play) performed at the Festival de Teatro Clásico de Almagro. July, 2008.
2004-06 Some Hysteric, Some Historic (Multimedia theater play) - New Stage Theater Company, NY performed at Soto Velez Clemente Flamboyant
Theater NY. 2007 IT Awards nomination.
2005 Women slightly on the edge (Multimedia theater play) - American Globe Theater, NY
2004 Psyche (Theater play with trapeze, aerial dance and visual metaphors) Directed by Maria LItvan,Vertiginosas Islands Production, NY. Performed at
Context Studios, NY
2003 Come & Go (Multimedia theater play) - New Stage Theater Company, NY. Walkerspace, Soho, NY
2013 Hannah Arendt Documentary on the making of the feature film by Margarethe Von Trotta, included in the US distribution of DVD and BluRay
2013 The Feminine Trilogy: Part 1: Dark Pregnancy, Short film directed by Catherine Correa. Video recording and editing, Laia Cabrera & Co.
2012 Why We Do This Work NYeC Campain 2012, Gold Winner for Best Documentary, AVA Digital Awards 2013 and Telly Awards 2013, Laia Cabrera & Co.
2010-11 Reinventing Kate Carew (upcoming feature), A historical documentary, produced by Jaffa Films, New York.
2008 Cachao, Uno Mas (Documentary Color, 68min).
Featuring Andy Garcia, and Cachao. Produced by the Doc Film Institute of San Francisco.
(San Francisco International Film Festival; 2009 Miami International Film Festival; 12th International Latino Film Festival; San Diego Latino Film
Festival-CACHAO, 6ª edición del IN-EDIT, festival internacional de cine documental musical de Barcelona, aired on PBS's American Master, 2010)
2007 Shut Up and Do It (Feature film) Produced by 222 productions Puerto Rico/US.latino film. (23rd Chicago Latino Film Festival, NewYork Latino Festival)
2007 The World of Vija Vetra (Documentary). Film Postproduction Supervisor. Produced by Kosticfilms, NY. Las Vegas Film Festival, Silver Ace Award Winner 2010, Asheville Film Festival North Carolina, Harvard Independent Film Group, Docufest Atlanta, Flickerings @ Cornerstone, Festival June 2007 USA)
2006 Terapia (16mm film), directed by Juanjo Martinez, New York. WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the 2009 WorldFest ALPHA Festival and
the International Film Festival of India (Goa). Winner of the Gold Remi Award at the 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2009.
2005 Complaint (16mm film), directed by Juanjo Martinez, New York.
2004 4 Letters (16mm film), directed by Patricia Martinez, New York.
2004 The One who thought wanted to leave but never left (16mm film), directed by Maria Litvan, New York.
2003 Mi Visado de Modelo II (16mm film), directed by Mireia Sallarès, Catalan Government, NY- Barcelona, exhibited in ARCO, Spain.
2003 Getting There (16mm film), Paula Wright Production, New York
2002 Faking it (16mm film), directed by Lucy Weismann, Rising Pictures Production, New York.
SOUND DESIGN - ORIGINAL MUSIC
2009 Tango por ellos (Dance theater play), Sound mix, Produced by Valetango, (JCC) Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium, NYC
2002 Obsessions (Multimedia theater play) by Maria Litvan. Music and Sound design. Recipient of the John Golden Award), Frederick Lowe Theater, Galapagos Arts & Performance Space, New York.
2001 Under Influence (Experimental/16mm), NY/Original music
2000 It is the Cause (Digital film), Music and Sound Editing, Vertiginosas (islands) Prod, New York.
1999 Focs (Theater play) Original music. Selected by the International Festival GREC of Barcelona.
1998 Lines (16mm Film) Music and Sound Editing Vertiginosas (islands) Prod., New York.
1999 Pelleas and Melisande (Theater play) Original Music. Red Puppet Company, French Institute New York.
1999 Julia Vs Julia (16mm Film) Sound Design. Directed by Maria Litvan, New York.
1999 Trapped (16mm Film) Original score for the film directed by Peggy Dale, New York.
1996 Borderline (Theater play) Original Music. F.L Theatre, New York
1996 El Retorno de Ulises (Theater play) Original Music. Sala Artenbrut, Barcelona, Spain.
WRITING - PUBLICATIONS
1998 "L'Estança" Author of the play, LA GARGOLA-TEATRE, El submarí, Barcelona, Spain
1997 "De la Tierra a las Estrellas" Author of the play Teatre Màlic, Barcelona, Spain
1997 "Arrebatos", thematic book, Editorial Larousse Planeta, Spain
1997 "The Ambigious Gaze, An Approach to Neus Buira's Art Work", article published by Transversal, #4, Barcelona, Spain
1996 "Iconópolis" Dramaturgy. A theater play by Julian Hunt, Barcelona, Spain.
1996 "El Cuerpo del Arquitecto", text for the exhibition, Architecture Institute of Barcelona, Spain.
1994 "La Sangre del Alma", Collection of poems published by the University of Philology, Spain
1992 "Caducidad del Sentido", poetic-essay book, nº XII Collection Dama Ginebra, Spain
2010-16 Founding Partner and Creative Director of LAIA CABRERA & CO LLC, Film-Video-Art, NY
2005-16 Advisory Board Member, Textile Development & Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
2007-10 Member of the Board of Directors of Topia Arts Center, MA, USA
1997-10 Co-founder of the film and theater company Vertiginosas (islands), NY-BCN
1997-98 Co-founder of "IET projectes de recerca" (IET research projects) and artistic co-director of the International exhibition
Neutral Identities supported by the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government, Spain
2001 Master in Film Production at The New School University, NY
1993 MFA in Audiovisual Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
1991 BFA in Media Studies at the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Spain
1985 Graduated in Music and Composition at the Conservatoire of Barcelona, Spain