Thursday, April 9, 2020

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2020


Cilla Vee Life Arts – NEWSLETTER - SPRING 2020


Greetings!

2020 is proving to be a disastrous year so far for so many of us due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to those seriously affected by the virus.
For Cilla Vee Life Arts a whole spring season of events has been cancelled and, at this time of writing, the prospects of our summer tour are very much up in the air.

However, this newsletter is to report the activities of 2019 – which were many and varied … so hopefully it will be entertaining for you!

Read on for information about:

Spring in the South West USA.
Teaching residency at NAU, plus other events in Flagstaff, AZ plus Santa Fe and Taos, NM

Golden Goddess North East USA tour.
NYC, Massachusetts, Maine, Philadelphia

AfterMAF festival in Roanoke, VA

Summer in Cyprus, Israel and Serbia.
X-Fest and Sesalac Butoh Retreat

Autumn Season in the South East USA.
Asheville local, Circle Modern Dance - Knoxville, TN and Surrealism in Birmingham, AL





SOUTH WEST USA – April and May


Performance: Art, Action, Life
There are some very lucky honor students at Northern Arizona University. Lucky to have such cool and radical professors as Rob Wallace and Will Cordeiro, who constructed a jam-packed full, intensive and fun course to introduce their students to Performance Art.
These are students who are not necessarily artists or performers – but got thrown in the deep end and swam pretty darn well!

I was invited to do a teaching residency for the class “Performance: Art, Action, Life.” Throughout the month, I corresponded remotely with individual students, advising them as they developed their performance projects – then at the end of the semester I spent an intensive few days with them in workshop sessions, culminating in a class performance.
The performance event was a riot! … The premise was:
Rob and Will were the “mad professors” creating Artificial Intelligence performance art robots. I was the Vanna White MC prototype “Presentia” who needed constant mechanical adjustments throughout the show.
Each student (robot) presented their creation with my crazed introductions in between. Eventually the whole thing crescendoed into total mayhem involving the on-campus food delivery robots and a meltdown wherein the professors became victims of their own creations!

Unfortunately there is not much in the way of documentation to prove all this, but this is what we’ve got … (thanx Kara Attrep, for the photos)


The Professors and "Presentia"
An NAU delivery robot in its staring role


FALA
While in Flagstaff I also enjoyed teaching a Living Art workshop at FALA – the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, to the high school students there.
8x8
And performed for the 8x8 – experimental silent film and music micro-fest. The 3rd annual festival presented by Flagstaff’s awesome Interference Series at Coconino Center for the Arts.
I was paired with the lovely Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer to provide live improvised vocal and flute sound for a film by PJ Koelbel.

Heroes of the Avant Garde
An evening in Santa Fe, having dinner, chatting, listening spellbound, exploring the studio of Woody and Steina Vasulka http://www.vasulka.org/ - together with Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton http://c1h2.net/index.html … What more can I say? … Honored!




The Sound of Movement at Ennui Gallery
Ennui
may sound like an odd name for a gallery, but sure enough that’s what it’s called!
Taos is the cool, funky little mountain sister of Santa Fe – where people are nice. It was a First Friday open gallery night. I had a great time improvising with bassist Ben Wright and percussionist Peter Halter.
Montserrat Oyanedel Tolmo took some fabulous pictures!




More pix and vidz here:

Fairy Lights
Back to Asheville very briefly to gather myself for the next tour and to perform a Motion Sculpture Movement Installation “Fairy Lights” for a house party thrown by our local NPR radio show host Matt Peiken, who provides a great service highlighting regional artists.



GOLDEN GODDESS NORTH EAST USA TOUR – June


Soilmates
A last minute addition, pre-Golden Goddess. Andrea Haenggi’s Spontaneous Urban Plants project at New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival.
I rolled into NYC after driving all night just in time to be a ‘Soilmate’ for this presentation at the historic Lower East Side University Settlement.
I’ve witnessed the development of Andrea’s project in various stages and it really is movement research in the truest sense of the term. Andrea has that essence of deranged genius!

Chashama Gala
Here’s where the Golden Goddess performances kick in…
Six hours of roaming Motion Sculpture Movement Installation at this huge gala event way up on one of the top floors of the One World Trade Center.
200 performers participated in this annual spectacle. Chashama is a one-of-a-kind arts organization that has access to Real Estate all over New York City – granting hundreds of artists residency, studio and performance spaces. They’ve certainly supported my work over the years. https://chashama.org/


Abandoned Bear Cages
Yes … there are indeed some haunting, dilapidated old bear cages from the post Victorian era just sitting there at a secret location in Jamaica Plain. People do secret things in there! I did a secret thing there with Stephanie Germaine, Damon Smith and Chris Strunk … and I liked it. Id M Theftable was also involved, but he did his own thing. Walter Wright and Emilie Mouchous did a thing too.
It was very dark – here’s the only picture where you can see a thing.

While These Visions …. (did appear)
This was quite magical.
In the middle of rural Maine near Portland, the grounds and a big old barn at Two Diamond Art Farm house the quirky and lyrical metal sculptures of Patrick Pierce.  Patrick and I collaborated a number of years ago at a residency and it was a joy to creatively re-connect.
For this Summer Solstice event we produced an evening of dance, music and verse with sculpture that was based on Midsummer Nights Dream. We recruited local talent to create work in response to the sculptures – then the audience was guided across the grounds from one sculpture to another to view the performances. (Performances by Esme Goldfinger, Joie Grandbois, Jennifer Bourgeault and Cilla Vee with Dei Xhrist)
We are planning to make this an annual event (although this year 2020 is still a little uncertain at the time of writing!) ... (Thanx to Kathleen Pierce, for the pix.)


Gathering the audience for "While These Visions ..."

Setting off
Esme Goldfinger at Two Dimond Art Farm

Dark Matter
A very enjoyable evening of spontaneous improvisations with Kit Demos – Bass, Junko Fujiwara – Cello and Joe Musacchia – Percussion (Cilla Vee – Movement) at Kit’s Dark Matter series at The Outpost in Cambridge ,MA.
(If I can get the video footage from JOE, I’ll post it … ahem!)

Bats From Pogo
Oh what a joy to just make some noise! How I loved this crazy trio with Bats From Pogo (Andrea Pensado and Walter Wright) at a Noise event curated by Steve Davis at UnchARTed in Lowell, MA.

The Thursday Experiment
A series run by the force known as Bonnie Kane at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA.
Bonnie and I performed a duo – my Golden Goddess with her Transcendent Winds. A very satisfying meditation of movement and sound. Bonnie and I have quite a collaboration history and it feels good to have it constantly evolving.
Videos –
Thurs Exp. Set 1:
Thurs Exp. Set 2:

Jack Wright
Oh Jack Wright! … For those who know him, no more needs to be said!
Three nights with Jack.
Friday at the Newark Bike Project, Newark DE
Video - https://youtu.be/lUipermIsGQ (Thanx to Robin Glanden)
Saturday at the Book and Puppet Co. Easton, PA.
Sunday at the Random Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA.


Golden Goddess Tour – a compilation of pix and vidz from all events:


AFTERMAF FESTIVAL ROANOKE VA – July   


Cilla Vee has been involved in the unique Marginal Arts community of Roanoke VA for a number of years now. Over the past couple of years, efforts are being made to broaden this affiliation to encompass more of the Asheville associates of CVLA.
Last year, a group of nine Asheville artists made the trip to participate in the annual AfterMAF festival at Art Rat Studios in Roanoke. Cilla Vee, Chloe Harnett-Hargrove, Julie Gillum, Geo Lynx, Ivan Seng, Kima Moore, Richard Brewster, Diana Brewster and Grayson Morris (who also lives in LA). Each of these artists presented work as well as performing in a group “AVL All Stars” collaboration.
My solo contribution this year was a series of “Random Acts of Dada” dispersed throughout the weekend. These included: a puppet show, an operatic rendition of Jim Leftwich poetry in the bathroom, a fireworks display and various spontaneous environmental interactions.

Cilla Vee video - https://youtu.be/gq2G6HANsh0?t=61    

AVL crew at AfterMAF 2019 – compilation of pix and vidz:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/114531261@N02/albums/72157713808077486


CYPRUS ISRAEL SERBIA – August 

X-Fest Cyprus
Petreon Sculpture Park, just outside the village of Mazotos, Cyprus is the love child of sculptor Savva Koulendros, who quit his “day job” to devote the rest of his life to its creation. After his passing, his sons now take care of this enchanted and enchanting place. One of them, Christos, happens to be musician (as well as continuing his Father’s stone sculpture work) who spends most of his time now teaching in Lowell MA. He is a key figure in the experimental music scene there – where X-Fest has its roots at 119 Gallery.
When X-Fest Europe producer Y Sok was seeking interesting venues for the 2019 festival, Christos offered Petreon as the perfect place.
Approximately thirty artists congregated in Mazotos for the weekend from Europe and the USA. Performing with the immense stone sculptures in the balmy air under the Mediterranean stars was nothing short of idyllic.
It was a joy to collaborate with artists such as: Phil Minton, Victoria Shen, Mia Zabelka, Afroditi Psarra, Arnaud le Mindu as well as long time collaborators such as Audrey Chen, Walter Wright, Andrea Pensado and Bonnie Kane – plus Christos himself.


Festival documentation compiled by Afroditi Psarra:

Video of set with Bonnie Kane, Walter Wright and Clive Graham:

Israel
Israel was kind of an experiment. I had ten days between X-Fest Cyprus and Sesalac Butoh Retreat in Serbia. There were two places I was interested in going to that were close to Cyprus – in both of which I had contacts: Lebanon and Israel. I put feelers out in both directions and got more bites from Israel – so that’s where I went.
I did not book a big tour or take lots of touristy pictures or video document. This was an exploration for me – to investigate how to operate in and understand something of this unique culture.
I stayed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. I had the opportunity to meet with a number of people from various backgrounds and listen to individual life stories, as well as some creative exchanges. Three of which I will report on here.
Hebron
A couple of years ago I went to a local Asheville screening of the documentary film ‘Hebron’ by Palestinian filmmaker Yousef Natshawho by virtue of marriage to an American, was living in NC at that time. He and his wife work at CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) in Hebron. I was fortunate to be able to spend a day with them there. Hebron is a unique and very tense situation where both Arabs and Jews share heritage at the site of the tomb of Abraham. There is a border between the Israeli settlement side and the ancient Palestinian market town. Either side of the border are two separate entrances to the tomb. The day I was there was extremely quiet, as it was the Eid holiday time. I spent the day talking to people and taking in the experience.
Yad Lebanim Learning Center
While staying in the Northern region at Haifa, I visited the remote countryside spot of Ramat Yishai to teach a workshop at the Yad Lebanim Learning Center.
This set up was something new to me .. a place of learning for all generations – with classes for everyone from pre-school to seniors – wow!
Through my outreach trail, I had corresponded with musician Yiftah Kadan, who teaches music at the learning center. He reached out to a dance teacher there – Tamar Lerner, and together they arranged a community workshop for me.  I facilitated a Sound of Movement workshop for a multi-generational group of beautiful beings of all backgrounds – from professional musicians and dancers, to children to seniors.
Unfortunately I was so wrapped up in being present with them that I did not take a single picture! But here is a quote from one of the musicians, Harel Gal, who commented “You have made a space in which all the participants could feel free to explore and express themselves in a joyful way.” Another lady gave feedback that I had created a “compassionate space” – a comment I found particularly touching.
The Zimmer, Tel Aviv     
I find that, when touring, the best way to connect with as many folks from the local creative community as possible is to produce an event and invite them all to participate.
In Tel Aviv, the fabulous experimental arts venue The Zimmer was gracious enough to host such an event for Cilla Vee Life Arts. It was entitled “Mix + Match”. A simple formula wherein names are pulled out of the “hat” to be paired in improvised duos.  And then a second formula where all are free to dive / float in and out of the scene for an extended duration.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2230619347229148/ I am sharing the Facebook link to this event because it tickles me that the venue decided to use this Teletubbies image!
Thanks to Roy Osengar and all at Zimmer, to Daniel Baranov for photographs and to all who came to participate.

at Zimmer, Tel Aviv, Israel - August. Photo: Daniel Baranov


Sesalac Butoh Retreat

Adam Koan is an instigator who is rocking the Butoh dance world at the moment.  Not as a diva front-and-center performer (although he’s not shabby in that department either) – but as a mover and shaker who manifests events. Sesalac Butoh Retreat is one such an event … approximately eighty international Butoh dancers gathered in this remote beauty spot at the Voice of Nature Eco Village – camping out in huts and tents.
Workshops and performances took place for two weeks in various sites around the Sesalac Caves and meadows.
I was one of the Butoh Guides and taught four Living Art workshop sessions as well as a site-specific, interactive performance installation at the children’s playground area “Playtime For Barbie”.
I was grateful to also have the opportunity to study with Butoh Masters such as Tebby WT Ramasike and Ken Mai.

"Playtime For Barbie" durational inter-active performance installation at Sesalac Butoh Retreat


Images below from my Living Art workshop sessions.



Cyprus, Israel, Serbia – Summer pix and vidz:


AUTUMN SEASON SOUTH EAST USA – September – December

Wrapping up the year with some local South East regional events.

Asheville
Home from Europe just in time to dive straight into a night of improvised sound and movement duos produced by A Eithne Hamilton of Pipsissewa Movement Project right here at Static Age in downtown Asheville. So happy to finally have an opportunity to collaborate with one of my local favs – guitarist Tashi Dorji.

Duo with Tashi Dorji at Static Age, Asheville - September. Photo: A Eithne Hamilton

Knoxville
Back to Circle Modern Dance in Knoxville TN, where I served as Co-Founding Director throughout the 1990s. A joy, as always, to work with the multi-talented Rachel Shlafer-Parton for the 29th annual Modern Dance, Primitive Light winter concert at the Laurel Theater.  We presented a series of “Golden Goddess” vignettes throughout the show.

Golden Goddess at Modern Dance Primitive Light, Knoxville TN - December. Photo: Brynn Yaeger 

Golden Goddess at Modern Dance, Primitive Light 2019:

Birmingham
And to round off the year, a fun, playful collaboration with father and son SI Reasoning and ‘U’u for the closing reception of the surrealist show Polymorph Bodyshop at EVA (East Village Arts) in Birmingham AL. Other Birmingham celebrities were involved … LaDonna Smith, Hunter Bell, Susan Hefner (with Michael Evans) It was the first time I was able to get down to Birmingham since the local experimental music legend Davey Williams passed away – and it felt good to re-connect with the community there.

Surrealist performance at East Village Arts, Birmingham AL - December 

Video – (Cilla Vee, SI, ‘U’u. Reading from a Surrealist Women anthology)



So that concludes our creative happenings report from 2019.

Additional Cilla Vee Life Arts announcements:

We have a fabulous new Administration Assistant – Chloe Harnett-Hargrove.
Chloe was a student of mine for a number of years and began to get roped into various CVLA events as a volunteer as well as a performer. She is an intriguing graphic artist, designer and writer. Welcome aboard Chloe and thank you!

CVLA Admin. Chloe Harnett-Hargrove


Fundraising 
Please check out our fundraising blog for current campaigns:

We appreciate your time and attention in reading this letter and hope it has provided an enjoyable diversion.

Please feel free to connect with us – you can send an email to Cilla Vee Life Arts at:

All our best wishes,

Claire Elizabeth Barratt
Director – Cilla Vee Life Arts

CVLA Director Claire Elizabeth Barratt


Monday, February 4, 2019

WINTER NEWSLETTER 2019




CILLA VEE LIFE ARTS – NEWSLETTER – WINTER 2019

with the art work of Dana Zurzolo at Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara CA - photo: Laila Alamiri


Greetings and Happy New Year!

2018 has been a very full and eventful year for Cilla Vee Life Arts.
This newsletter covers reports of:

SPRING / SUMMER – Regional South East USA Events

-       {Re}Happening – Black Mountain College, NC
-       Lush Agave – Revolve, Asheville NC
-       Freedom From Sickness (Genesis P Orridge) – Revolve, Asheville NC
-       Guerilla public intervention 1 – Innsbruck Mall, Asheville NC
-       Dreamtime Salon – Pop-up, Asheville NC
-       Warp & Woof – Revolve, Asheville NC
-       Fresh Dirt Surrealism Sympatica – Art Town, Birmingham AL
-       Guerilla public intervention 2 – Pritchard Park, Asheville NC
-       AfterMAF – Art Rat Studios, Roanoke VA

AUTUMN – USA Cross Country and West Coast Tour

- Portland OR – Seattle WA – Bellingham WA – Bay Area CA – Santa Barbara CA – Los Angeles CA – San Diego CA – Tijuana MX – Flagstaff AZ – Albuquerque NM – Austin TX – Houston TX – New Orleans LA -

from Hasta Cero / Until Zero at Nett Nett gallery, Tijuana MX - photo: Lorenia Flovel

(make sure safety settings are on "Moderate" when viewing Flickr links)

from Site of Negotiation at {Re}Happening 2018, Black Mountain College NC - photo: Jesse Kitt

from Butoh Burlesque with Death Posture at the All Ways Lounge, New Orleans LA - photo: Cree McCree



SPRING / SUMMER 2018

{Re}Happening 2018
Now in its ninth year, the annual Re-Happening is a huge extravaganza of simultaneous art events situated around Lake Eden on the historic Black Mountain College campus in North Carolina. Cilla Vee Life Arts was one of the original participants and have continued our involvement over the years.
This past year I was invited to join a team of artists in a durational performance installation entitled "Site of Negotiation" inside the cabin known as the John Cage Room. The piece was devised and curated by members of Revolve Gallery, Make Noise and MAP. It consisted of a continuous series of sound and movement artists responding in-the-moment to visual cues provided on screens inside separate rooms in the cabin. The audience could view the performances and also interact with a live sound mix in the main room.
As I knew that the sound from each room would be a key element, I brought a long roll of crunchy-sounding white paper to enhance both visual and audio aspects of the performance.

Paper from Site of Negotiation at Re-Happening 2018 – photos by Jesse Kitt, Eric Baden, Matt Peiken

Report by Blue Ridge Parkway Radio’s Matt Peiken


from Site of Negotiation at {Re}Happening 2018, Black Mountain College NC - photo: Jesse Kitt


Revolve Gallery
Cilla Vee has been involved in several events at Revolve Gallery this past year.
Revolve has become THE to go venue in Asheville for contemporary experimental arts and performance. Colby Caldwell is the gallery owner and must be commended for his support of this vital work in the Western North Carolina region.

from Yellow with Daniel Levin at Warp & Woof, Revolve Gallery, Asheville NC - photo: Grace Engel


In the spring, Cilla Vee performed with Lush Agave (Alisha Earo) – a dear personal friend and valued collaborator. A classically trained singer, Lush Agave combines segments of operatic arias in whimsical compositions. She also utilizes movement and dance as a visual companion for her music. It’s always a joy to work with her.

Performance with Lush Agave – video clip by Matt Earo:

 
Also at Revolve was Freedom Beyond Sickness – a benefit event for Genesis P Orridge in her fight against leukemia. (Gen was present via Skype)
This was produced by Chandra Shukla (Xambuca, Erototox Decodings) who gathered an impressive line-up of regional noise, industrial and eclectic bands.
For this event I presented a durational, interactive performance “Cilla Vee, the Living Dress-up Barbie Doll” for which audience members were invited to dress me up and apply make-up, giving me a character with which I performed to the music for several songs, then returned to my make-up station to remove everything and await the next costume. Some of my designers were very inventive!

Cilla Vee the Living Dress-Up Barbie Doll at Freedom Beyond Sickness – photos by Chandra Shukla, Sara Baird, Melanie Foxfire, Amanda Ray Danko, Ivan Seng

from Living Dress-Up Barbie Doll (with Solemn Shapes) at Freedom Beyond Sickness, Revolve gallery, Asheville NC - photo: Melanie Foxfire
from Living Dress-Up Barbie Doll at Freedom Beyond Sickness, Revolve gallery, Asheville NC - photo: Sara Baird


Another event at Revolve is the Warp & Woof series.
Amy Hamilton is a dynamic, anarchic, subversive mover and shaker of the Asheville arts scene. She can often be found scaling the architecture around town! However, she has come inside to a slightly more conventional art space to curate and produce the Warp & Woof series. Warp & Woof pairs one musician with one dancer plus one concept and gives them twenty minutes for an improvised performance.
I was invited to participate in the very first one last May with cellist Daniel Levin and the subject “Yellow”.

Yellow with Daniel Levin at Warp & Woof #1
photos by Grace Engel
video by Kima Moore




the dancers from Warp & Woof - Cilla Vee, Sharon Cooper, Amy Hamilton


Dreamtime Salon
Recently Asheville has been fortunate to see a number of visionary young women pioneering in the art scene. Two of these ladies are Madalyn Wofford (aka Mad Dog) and Kaylee Dunn, who, with a small team of peers, have been forging their own path with their Dreamtime Salon events. Using temporary borrowed spaces, they will curate and assemble submitted work and transform a place full of junk into a magical world overnight!
I enjoyed being part of one of these adventures in May, when I was let loose on a big room all to myself! I created “It’s My Party!” – a multi-media rave party room installation and performance.

It’s My Party! At Dream Time Salon – video clip by Mad Dog:


The Dream Time Salon event promo video:


Fresh Dirt
Surrealism in Birmingham Alabama? – Yes – indeed!
Since the 1970s a dedicated group of surrealists have been making it happen in the iron city.  This little-known fact piqued the interest of Canadian art historian Steven Harris, whose research led him into specializing in the subject of surrealism, then onto the under-reported scene of surrealism in the southern United States and into this specialist sub-division – Birmingham AL. Harris is currently writing a book on this group and in May last year, made the pilgrimage down to investigate his chosen subject in person.
Key instigators of this surrealist phenomenon are: LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Johnny Williams, Neko Linda, Janice Hathaway and many others who joined them. Most of these original members also went on to pioneer other projects, many of which are still active – such as The Improvisor and Bearing Light Butoh.
With no awareness of the depth of history I was stumbling into, I began to get involved in the Birmingham scene via my improvisation collaborations with LaDonna Smith. These led to an invitation to be an artist-in-residence for the 2010 Improvisor Festival (celebrating thirty years of The Improvisor) and resulted in my continuing broadening and deepening investment in this fascinating group.
Fresh Dirt Surrealism Sympatica was timed to coincide with Harris’s visit.
Cilla Vee received the honor of being invited to participate in this surrealist extravaganza. I was asked to present “Fe” – the performance installation I had created for Bearing Light Butoh’s event at the Birmingham Museum of Art last January. For Fresh Dirt, I was commissioned to develop the work further – and, again working with sound artist ‘U’u, invited Birmingham sound and metal-working artist Hunter Bell to create a metal sound sculpture and perform with us, as well as using iron sculpture pieces by Johnny Williams. Our performance was durational throughout the opening reception event – both outside in the courtyard with a large bonfire, as well as inside – interweaving with the artwork on exhibit and other performances in the space. It was an incredibly satisfying event to be part of. I look forward to reading Mr. Harris’s report.

Fe at Fresh Dirt with ‘U’u and Hunter Bell – photos by Tony Bingham, David Murray
(begins halfway down flickr page and continues on page 2)

from Fe (with Hunter Bell) at Fresh Dirt Surrealism Sympatica, Art Town, Birmingham AL - photo: David Murray
from Fe (with 'U'u) at Fresh Dirt Surrealism Sympatica, Art Town, Birmingham AL - photo: David Murray


AfterMAF 2018
Cilla Vee has enjoyed a close connection with another southern USA avant-garde collective over the years – this one in Roanoke VA. They don’t have a name as a group per se – but run the annual Marginal Arts Festival. Their mode is DIY, dada, anarchic, intellectual and academic. The festival includes in-your-face performance art, zines and literature, interactive art projects and some pioneering research lectures on the history of the avant-garde by a certain Olchar Lindsann.
This past year the festival saw an Asheville invasion when an influx of Asheville artists all descended on AfterMAF, throwing down the gauntlet in a dada challenge to Roanoke! (Although I think Roanoke’s Wayne Llewellyn, who single-handedly garnered a cave-man cult in the parking lot over the course of the weekend, would be hard to beat!)

AVL crew group improvisation at AfterMAF 2018 – video by Ralph Eaton
(Cilla Vee, Julie Becton Gillum, Chloe Harnett-Hargrove, Elisa Faires, Chandra Shukla, Geo Lynx, Megan Mulhearn, David James Lynch)



Guerilla Activities
Innsbruck Mall, Asheville NC – the left over shell of a 1960s hot spot. Now houses a small local beauty school, a clothing alterations business and many vacant stores.
Ideal spot for some random acts of dada!

the gang (Cilla Vee, Julie Becton Gillum, Liz Lang, Amy Hamilton, Martha Skinner, Adam Koan) random act of dada at Innsbruck Mall, Asheville NC - photo: Kima Moore


In June I had a delightful encounter with my friend and colleague from the wilds of Maine – vocal and sound-object wizard Id M Theft Able. He stopped through Asheville and we had a moment of public intervention in downtown Pritchard Park.

Cilla Vee and Id M Theft Able at Pritchard Park AVL – video by Id M



AUTUMN 2018 – TOUR

Over the autumn season I embarked on what is probably my most epic tour to date.
Ten weeks on the road in Sally Saturn (1999 Saturn Station Wagon) across the USA from Asheville NC via the Rockies and the Nevada Desert into Northern California, then up the west coast as far as Vancouver, Canada – then down the Pacific Highway as far as Tijuana MX – then back across the deep south and a three week stay in New Orleans before returning to Asheville.
My mission was to travel as a solo performing artist in order to connect and collaborate with artists of various disciplines in each city. As my goal was one of connection and collaboration, I had no fixed agenda, no particular show or theme to present – instead, each production evolved as a process in dialogue with the artists and venues over the preceding months and weeks. There were some reoccurring themes and structures as it became apparent that what would work well in one place would also work well for another, but each still with a very different set of preparations. Although this was an extremely complex process, the result was incredibly rewarding because it meant each artist could be true to their work, as well as a production that was a good fit for each venue.
Sally Saturn was packed to the brim full of materials for a myriad of possibilities!

The following is a brief report of each event. It was a great honor to have the privilege of working with so many incredible artists. Each one a treasure. Although I don’t have the capacity for details on each artist in this newsletter, I have provided links and highly recommend following up for more information.

from Hasta Cero / Until Zero at Nett Nett gallery, Tijuana MX - photo: Lorenia Flovel

from Butoh Burlesque with Death Posture at the All Ways Lounge, New Orleans LA - photo: Cree McCree

First port of call after recovering from the cross-country trip was the Jefferson State FLIXX Film Festival in Northern California. Just in its third year, it is already garnering a lot of attention from the international film industry and locals alike.
Although not officially a “tour” event for me, as I was there to assist Megan Peterson – festival producer and close family friend, it is definitely a note-worthy happening.


PORTLAND OR
Bricolage at Linda Austin’s Performance Works North West.
dancers, musicians, poets and visual artists of a variety of backgrounds and styles came together in this eclectic mix –resulting in some very unexpected collaborations.
With Linda Austin, Caspar Sonnet, Tim DuRoche, Tim Connell, Colin Manning, Shane McDonnel, Alex Dang, Jennifer Robin, Mizu Desierto

from Bricolage (with Tim DuRoche, Cilla Vee, Jennifer Robin) at Performance works NW, Portland OR

from Bricolage (with Colin Manning, Cilla Vee) at Performance Works NW, Portland OR


SEATTLE WA
Psychic Bandwidth – Seattle at Wayward Music Series, Chapel Performance Space – Good Shepherd Center.
Psychic Bandwidth – music, dance / performance, spoken word.
Part One: names are drawn at random to create improvised duos and trios.
Part Two: group improvisation with a structure that builds from beginning to end.
With Bill Horist, Vanessa Skantze, Arrington de Dionyso, James Falzone, Alia Swersky, Alex Rider, Karen Nelson 

Psychic Bandwidth theme image


BELLINGHAM WA
Noise Church at the Alternative Library.
Let me just say that I love Bellingham, Washington! It is a town where the people actually still run the town – resulting in a cool, funky, DIY assortment of projects, companies and businesses. The Alt-Lib is a great example of what can evolve out of and be sustained by a community like this. Kudos to Bellingham!
With Future T. Man and Dylan Awesome.

from Noise Church (with Future T Man and Dylan Awesome) at the Alternative Library, Bellingham WA - photo: Thade Deus Warrington


MENDOCINO CA
A quick visit with artist and Transart co-alumni Jaye Moscariello, who was getting ready to open a huge group show she curated with area artists affected by the horrendous California fires.


BAY AREA CA
A ten-day stay in the Bay Area.

Listening Sounding Moving Being at Tom Bickley and Nancy Beckman’s Tiger Garage – Berkeley.
With Tom Bickley, Nancy Beckman and Karen Stackpole

the gang for LSMB (Cilla Vee, Karen Stackpole, Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickely) at Tiger Garage, Berkeley CA
 
Living Art workshop at CSU East Bay.
With Eric Kupers and the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (check them out!)

the incredible IIE from CSU East Bay - photo courtesy of Eric Kupers


Sound of Movement improvisation workshop at San Francisco Waldorf High School.
With Philip Greenleif and students.

Active Music Series at the Uptown – Oakland.
A beautifully focused and satisfying group improvisation.
With Phillip Greenlief, Kyle Bruckman, David Boyce, Sharkiface, Jacob, Felix Heule, Aurora Josephson, Crystal Pascucci

Active Music Series performance -edited video: https://youtu.be/4ybAEROnS7U



Psychic Bandwidth – San Francisco at Outsound Music Series, The Luggage Store.
Same structure as previous Psychic Bandwidth. This one was very varied in moods.
With Gino Robair, Cheryl Leonard, Amy Reed, Rent Romus, Alex Cruse, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Eric Kupers, CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble.

the gang from Psychic Bandwidth SF (pre-show meeting) at The Luggage Store, San Francisco CA - photo: Amy Reed





Submersion – Oakland at Pro Arts gallery.
Submersion – an immersive, durational installation of live sound, movement, imagery and environment.
With Thomas Dimuzio, Chandra Shukla, Kit Young, Lori Varga, Aurora Josephson.

This lovely little report on Submersion – Oakland by Cat Synth TV:



Vocal set on Thomas Dimuzio’s Frequency Modulation Radio 94.1 KPFA.
We were blissfully unaware at the time, but this turned out to be the final show of the long-running FMR series – sad, but glad to have been part of it.
With Tom Bickley.
Plus collaborative improvisation with Tom Bickley, Thomas Dimuzio, Aurora Josephson, Derek Gedalecia.

Cilla Vee, Tom Bickley duo set:

Cilla Vee, Tom Bickley, Thomas Dimuzio, Aurora Josephson, Derek Gedalecia group set:


SANTA CRUZ CA
Meeting with the delightful duo Jon Scoville (composer) and Tandy Beale (choreographer)


SANTA BARBARA CA
Pre-opening dance ritual and photo shoot at Laila Alamiri’s Glenn Dallas Gallery.
With the art work of Dana Zurzolo.

Photos by Laila Alamiri and Dana Zurzolo:

with the art work of Dana Zurzolo at Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara CA - photo: Laila Alamiri


LOS ANGELES CA
Bubble & Squeak at The Battery Books & Music – Pasadena.
“Some people ought to know how to behave in a book store!” – Rich West, store owner, commenting on our performance interactions with the environment.
With Lukas Ligeti, Robert Jacobson, Vinny Golia, Grayson Morris, Blair Boggin

the guys from Bubble & Squeak (Vinny Golia, Robert Jacobson, Lukas Ligeti) at The Battery Books & Music, Pasadena CA - photo: Rich West
the girls from Bubble & Squeak (Cilla Vee, Blair Boggin, Grayson Morris) at The Battery Books & Music, Pasadena CA - photo: Rich West


Submersion – LA at Coaxial Arts Foundation.
Same structure as previous Submersion. We went in deep!
With GE Stinson, Joseph Hammer, Miller Wrenn, Carole Kim, Kio Griffith, Grayson Morris, Blair Bogin

Submersion LA  - video by Michael Intriere



from Submersion LA at Coaxial Arts Foundation, Los Angeles CA - photo Dani Dodge


SAN DIEGO CA
The Sound of Movement at Weird Hues Art & Music Collective – Chula Vista
Pairing dancers and musicians in improvised collaborations.
With Nathan Hubbard, MJ Stevens, Drona Ra, Mitchum Todd, Andromeda Breeze




TIJUANA MEXICO
“Hasta Cero / Until Zero” at Nett Nett gallery.
An intensive collaboration based on concepts of the Japanese “ma”, the in-between, opening up space. (Thanks to Haydeé Jiménez and all at Nett Nett)
With Roberto Romero Molina.

from Hasta Cero / Until Zero (with Roberto Romera Molina) at Nett Nett gallery, Tijuana MX - photo: Lorenia Flovel

 
TUCSON AZ
Meeting with Tucson mover and shaker Kimi Eisele (choreographer)


FLAGSTAFF AZ
Psychic Bandwidth – Flagstaff at Interference Series in Kickstand café.
Same structure as previous Psychic Bandwidths. This one got pretty wild!
With Owen Davis, Rob Wallace, Briana Grace Hammerstrom, Uncle Don – plus others.

from Psychic Bandwidth Flagstaff with Interference Series at Kickstand, Flagstaff AZ


SANTA FE NM
Meeting with artist duo Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton (video, sculpture, installation art)

Visit with artist and co-Transart alumni Ana McArthur.


ALBERQUERQUE NM
Our Familiar Dead at Tortuga Gallery.
A poetry, music and dance event for Day of the Dead.
With John Roche, Jules Nyquist, Nate Maxson, Pax Garcia, Kevin Kinane

from Our Familiar Dead (with Jules Nyquist) at Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque NM


AUSTIN TX
“Spirit House” at Haiku Flash Studios.
A collaboration with artist Stephanie Reid to create a community spirit house and performance ritual for Day of the Dead. An intimate experience with local community members.
With Stephanie Reid, Michael Lopez, Audra Tillman, Bob Collier, Robert Bingham

Stephanie’s project blog:
https://haikuflash.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/spirit-house/
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HOUSTON TX
They, Who Sound series at Lawndale Art Center.
Nameless Sound’s David Dove curates this weekly experimental performance series.
With Jason Jackson, Ruth Langston, Gabriel Martinez, Rebecca Novak.

from They, Who Sound at Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX - photo: Lynn Lane


NEW ORLEANS LA
A three week stay in this exquisite city.

“Butoh Burlesque” at The All Ways Lounge.
Yes – as insane as it sounds!
With Death Posture – Emmalee Sutton, Donald Miller, Rob Cambre, Chris Robert
and costumes by Cree McCree.

Butoh Burlesque - costume session and performance at All Ways Lounge – photos by Cree McCree:

from Butoh Burlesque (with Death Posture's Emmalee Sutton) at the All Ways Lounge, New Orleans LA - photo: Cree McCree


Liquid Land trio at BJs Bywater.
I was invited in on an impromptu set with this unique sound and poetry group.
With Rob Cambre, Simon Berz, Moose Jackson.


Figure model for artist Adrian Deckbar. 
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and finally … last, but by no means least …

“Gate Keeper” at the Vanishing performance art festival, curated by Cypress Atlas and hosted by The Mudlark Public Theatre.
This particular event was additional to the tour, as the piece I created was not for the purpose of connecting and collaborating with other artists – but tailor made for the concept of the festival, which was to consider ideas of space (and in particular – vanishing space) “Gate Keeper” is a nod to the Marina Abranovich / Ulay Living Door piece ‘Imponderabilia’.  It forces audience members to reconsider space as they pass through the liminal area of the doorway. The Gate Keeper occupies the negative doorway space, offering smaller fragments of constantly shifting negative space plus a living, breathing, colorfully painted human sculpture through which people must negotiate as they enter or exit.
It was a joy to return to The Mudlark. Throughout my stay in NOLA I enjoyed several events there and got to experience the community that Pandora and Andy create in this venue.

from Gatekeeper at the Vanishing festival, Mudlark Public Theatre, New Orleans LA - photo: Enya Shu

audience interaction from Gatekeeper at the Vanishing festival, Mudlark Public Theatre, New Orleans LA - photo:Cree McCree


COMING UP FOR CILLA VEE IN 2019 …

Spring:

Short teaching residency with the honor students Performance Art class at Northern Arizona State University – Flagstaff AZ

Summer:

Producing a new annual dance with sculpture Summer Solstice event on Two Diamond Art Farm – Saco ME

Tour North East USA

Performing in the annual AfterMAF Marginal Arts Festival at Art Rat Studios – Roanoke VA

Performing in X-Fest Cyprus – experimental and improvised performance collaborations festival at Petreon Sculpture Park – Mazotos, Cyprus

Performer and Guide at FreeXit Butoh Cultural Exchange Camp – Novi Sad, Serbia


Plus more TBA …

from Fe at Fresh Dirt Surrealism Sympatica, Art Town, Birmingham AL - photo: David Murray

from Hasta Cero / Until Zero at Nett Nett gallery, Tijuana MX - photo: Lorenia Flovel








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