*microscope (from the Greek: μικρός, mikrós, "small" and σκοπεῖν, skopeîn, "to look" or "see")
is an instrument to see objects too small for the naked eye.
Microscope Toy Theater
is a touring company founded in 2010 by the musician and artist Yulya Dukhovny.
Introducing new audiences to the medium of Toy Theater (also known as paper or model theater), she produces indoor miniature shows as well as Toy Theater installations.
Her work incorporate physical theater, object based performance, video, traditional and contemporary toy theater, original music.
Microscope's work have been presented at
numerous venues including International Festivals of Paper Toy Theater in
Germany, France and Mexico as well as "Great Small Works" Festival in New York , "On Edge" Festival of Contemporary Arts in Santa Barbara, Detroit and Santa Monica Museums of Arts, the Automata
Arts Los Angeles and the 2015 National
Puppetry Festival at the University of Connecticut. Dukhovny is a resident
artist at the Meyerhold
Theater in Moscow.
About the artist:
Russian-Israeli artist, musician and stage director, lives in Los Angeles.
She started her career as a classic pianist. In 1990 she moved to Tel-Aviv, Israel where she lived and worked for 16 years. She composed original scores for theater, documentary film and animation.
She has been awarded "Best Theater Composer of the Year" at the 1999 Fringe Theater Festival in Israel.
Dukhovny stage director, has engaged extensively in opera, including work on more than 30 European and US opera productions at the New Israeli Opera, Opera Pacific, the Atlanta Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera, IU Jacobs School of Music. She has worked previously as Assistant and Stage Director for Franco Zeffirelli, David Pountney, Jean Claude Auvrey, Giancarlo Del Monaco, Christopher Alden, Manfred Belharz, Michaell Hampe and William Friedkin among others.
Her work includes: House AD and Stage Director for Opera Studio programs and Summer Workshops (including Model Theater workshop) at the New Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv 2002-2005)
"White Nights Music Festival": revival director and performance manager for "The Tristan Project": Peter Sellars and Bill Viola collaboration (St. Petersburg, Russia 2009)
An Associate Stage Director for the new production of "Faust" at Indiana University Opera Theater (Bloomington 2011).
From 2011 Dukhovny focuses on multidisciplinary miniature performance where Toy Theater medium is the main focus.
2015 - Long Beach Arts Council
Professional Artist Fellowship.
Dukhovny holds an MA in
toy theater installation "The Fisherman's Dream".
Inside the wooden box: paper diorama, video fragments from the show. This miniature installation discovers the interplay of the still object and the moving image of
real life environment.