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VIGIL: Prayers of Healing for the Living and the Dead
Date: July 1, 2020- July 30, 2020
Location: Chashama waterfront gallery at 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn, New York

Photo by Reiner Doost

Over the month of July, interdisciplinary artist Cilla Vee will conduct a thirty-day series of performative prayer meditations in response to the recent global traumas of pandemic and violence.

VIGIL: Prayers of Healing for the Living and the Dead will take form in installation, dance and movement, sound and music, writing, drawing, painting and sometimes in quiet stillness and contemplation.   Each prayer will be based on an investigation into modes of healing related to aspects of the COVID-19 corona virus and of the Black Lives Matter protests. Particular attention will be paid to lungs, breathing and cleansing. Healing of mind and body for the living and peaceful passing for the souls of the dead.

The daily schedule will comprise research and preparation during the mornings, then creation / performance action later in the afternoons and evenings. (Subject to change)  Members of the public are invited to view at any time through the gallery window. (Cilla Vee remains in social isolation inside the space.)

Items to be included in a prayer meditation or ritual are most welcomed and can be brought to the gallery and placed outside or mailed to the gallery. Music and text can also be sent via internet.  Please email cillaveelifearts@gmail.com for more information.

VIGIL: Prayers of Healing for the Living and the Dead is a project affiliated with Re-Cultivating Compassion. https://www.re-cultivatingcompassion.com/  https://www.instagram.com/recultivatingcompassion

About Enliven NYC:
Four New York City Avante-Garde performance artists will each receive a stipend to present daily live interactive performances at four locations throughout Manhattan that will spark your imagination. “Chashama is returning to its roots. Live window installations as we had in the good old days,” says Anita Durst, founder of Chashama.

Sponsorship and Acknowledgments:
VIGIL: Prayers of Healing for the Living and the Dead is part of the “Enliven NYC” series presented by Chashama with grant sponsorship from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Thank you also to Anita Durst and all at Chashama.

Link for project page on Chashama website: https://chashama.org/event/vigil-prayers-of-healing-for-the-living-and-the-dead/

Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) is an international inter-disciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts  – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art. Claire has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow, the New York Botanical Gardens, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and Art Basel Miami.  She has performed and taught throughout the USA and in Canada, Europe, Japan, Israel and Pakistan.  Claire received her professional training in London at The Laban Centre For Movement and Dance and at the London Studio Centre For Performing Arts. Her pre-professional training includes the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Schools of Music examinations.  She also served an apprenticeship with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation in New York and holds an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute with Plymouth University, UK.  On moving to the USA in 1992, Claire held the positions of Dancer for Unto These Hills drama on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater in North Carolina, as well as serving as a Co-Founder and Director for Circle Modern Dance and as Choreographer for the Knoxville Opera Company in Tennessee.  Once based in New York in 2002, Claire founded Cilla Vee Life Arts and, with the support of arts advocates such as Chashama, Bronx Council on the Arts and Arts for Art, began to develop and present her signature modes of work – including Motion Sculpture Movement Installations and The Sound Of Movement projects.  She is the creator of the Living Art pedagogy for performance, accredited by Plymouth University.  Claire now uses Asheville NC as her home base and tours frequently to connect and collaborate with a variety of international artists.  She has been involved with the Sacred Dance Guild since 1997 and the glorious SDG festival in the mountains at Lake Junaluska. Since then she has taken the roles of performer, facilitator and student in a number of SDG events in the USA and Canada.

Dance feeds the soul!

“My work as an artist blurs boundaries and crosses categories. Re-defining the traditional concepts of a “piece” and challenging the conventions of performance, time, space and audience relationships.”