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Natasha Tsakos

While ‘officially" Swiss, Greek blood runs through her veins, thus her innate passion for theater. Natasha was introduced at a very early age to the world of music, opera, ballet, and film which has been a great window to her imagination.

 

Natasha made her public debut at age 12, adapting Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" into an original and modern comedy taking place in court. At 13, she discovered Courteline, a French novelist, and decided to memorize, and interpret his play "Peace at Home". The success of the performance rooted her decision to pursue this career. Independently from her studies, Natasha was attending college level theater classes.

Born in Geneva Switzerland on March 19, 1979, Natasha has lived in London, France, Guatemala, and the USA. This has given her the chance to learn and fluently speak French, Spanish and English, though she prefers silence.

 

Upon arrival in Miami, Natasha studied editing with Mark Boswell at the Art Center of Miami Beach. At 16, she was invited to film and interview Miss World, Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano and Miss World Guatemala, Maria Gabriela Rosales. Her documentary was awarded and previewed at the Benefit event of "Nuevos Horizontes" in Antigua.

 

Her early experience inspired her to explore the many facets of production. From film, to theatre, she also tackled the visual arts in an original way. Inheriting the talents from her mother, Catherine de Saugy, acclaimed European painter, Natasha created in 1999, a psychedelic hand painted clothing collection presented by renown fashion designer Gerry Kelly.

 

She now uses her artistic skills to illustrate her books, create incredible make-up schemes and conceptualize her work through story boards.

 

She was accepted the same year at one of the nation’s top conservatory: New World School of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in the year 2000.

 

Natasha has now over 60 acting credits in stage, film and TV, directed 20 pieces including her own and written 12 original works. Commissioned by Nickelodeon, Miami Art Museum, Miami Light Project, Artemis, Miami Beach Cinematheque, ART BASEL and Miami Performing Arts Center. Featured in HBO, MTV, BBC, Univision, Telemundo and local TV channels. Natasha is now the lead performer of nationally acclaimed performance troupe Circ X, a Doctor Clown for The Big Apple Circus (NY), and most importantly working on her one person show: "Up Wake" commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Miami Performing Arts Center.



After three years in development, “Up Wake” will premiere in its full length version in February 2006 at the Miami Light Project.

More than a show, Up Wake is a science project, where sound, text, images and performer are meticulously in-synch with each other, bringing a high definition quality to the stage, fusing clowning, movement, dreams and technology.

Natasha sketches a frame by frame story board driven by cartoon poetics. This inspires her to create a live 3-D installation interfacing with an original score, text projection and digital animations. Natasha integrates these hyper -real aesthetics of technology and performance into a magical journey of the human soul.

 

Images of "Up Wake"

 
 



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