workshops with CillaVee at STOA December 2022



RAW MATERIAL - Living Art / Motion Sculpture

Psychosomatic Transformations






December 5-16 2022


workshop series at STOA – Center for Body Arts and Studies

Sirince, Turkey




STOA - formerly Tiyatro Medresesi - American Butoh Invasion




Week 1 – December 5-9


Shared with Joan Laage.

Morning session – Joan Laage / Afternoon session – CillaVee


Afternoons: Living Art – Body and Voice


Mon – Nothing/Abyss/Void/Breath/Vibration

Tues – Transfer Weight/Atmosphere/Plant and Grow

Weds – Arcs and Spirals/Range of Motion/Qualities

Thurs – Essence/Cycles of Becoming

Fri – Creative Synesthesia


Week 2 – December 12-16


Shared with Julie Becton Gillum.

Morning session – JBG Noguchi Taiso warm-up / CV Living Art meditation


Afternoons: Motion Sculpture – Performance Installation


Mon – Shape/Form/Self as Aesthetic Embodiment

Tues – Time/Infinity/Suspense

Wed, Thurs, Fri – Themes and RAW MATERIAL Site-work






Living Art


Self – body and psyche – as Raw Material – as medium

Life as aesthetic mindfulness

Using Self to go beyond Self




Cycles of Construction/Deconstruction



Address Asses Accept



Release Relinquish Rest



Transition Transform Transcend



Relate Rebuild Reclaim


Body Tuning

Deconstruct the body to its basic properties.


Creative Response

Reconstruct and develop in relationship.


Explore. Discover. Embody.





Motion Sculpture


Existing in expanded time, space, matter, motion.

Suspense. Stillness.

Define. Dissolve.





Workshop Sessions


Week 1: Living Art – Body and Voice


During Week 1 we will engage the performance pedagogy Living Art as a method to address the Self as medium for art.


Living Art is both deconstructive and expansive in its approach.

Deconstructive in that it seeks to identify the raw materials of the self as well as the raw materials of the environment and of other entities in relationship to self.

Expansive in that it seeks to go beyond the self – to surrender self in transcendence and open a way towards absolute unity with all.


Living Art is comprised of two categories:

Body Tuning – is a series of rigorous personal investigations to explore, define and expand possibility within the context of the bodys most fundamental states.

Creative Response – provides settings for a specific inquiry into the relationship of Self to Other and the discovery of authentic response.


Week 2: Motion Sculpture – Performance Installation


During Week 2 we will focus specifically on the movement method Motion Sculpture and the performative context of Installation.


The practice of Motion Sculpture devotes itself to pure aesthetic form. One can transcend the ego in an act of commitment to each present moment. The concept of transition is both eternal and non-existent as each micro-shift becomes a new shape in relationship to space. The increments of time become a row of dots that form a continuous line.


The concept of installation causes performance to become durational. It no longer has a beginning or end but evolves as an environment.

The final three days of this workshop series will be devoted to full immersion in Motion Sculpture Movement Installations.





Motion Sculpture Movement Installations

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Claire Elizabeth Barratt (artist moniker CillaVee) is an international interdisciplinary artist born in Pakistan, raised in the UK, based in the USA.

She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts  – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration – and The Center for Connection + Collaboration in Asheville, North Carolina. She is the creator of the Living Art pedagogy for performance, accredited by Plymouth University. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, movement, music, sound, text, media, visual arts, installation and performative action. She has received a number of awards, including project sponsorship from JP Morgan Chase, NYSCA and the NEA.


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 Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music examinations as well as the University of Oxford syllabus for Advanced level Theatre Studies plus Art with Art History.

She served an apprenticeship with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation in New York and holds an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute for Creative Research with Plymouth University, UK.


Claire has presented work through Jacob’s Pillow, Wave Hill, the New York

Botanical Gardens, Chashama, Bronx Council on the Arts, Pepatian at BAAD!, Vision Festival/Arts For Art, 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.


Earlier in her career, Claire held the positions of Dancer for Unto These Hills outdoor 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.



“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.”








I look forward to our time together at STOA.


Please book your place for December 5-16 2022

Living Art / Motion Sculpture

“Psychosomatic Transformations” with CillaVee

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