12/11 & 12/14: Philadelphia Premiere of CALIFIA

December 10, 2014

On Thursday, December 11 2014, my collaborative work CALIFIA AND THE TRESPASSERS will continue its international performance tour, with a performance in Philadelphia at have its NYC premiere at CEC Arts Center in Center City Philadelphia (Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave) as part of the International Alliance for Women in Music Award concert. Music composed by Andrea Clearfield, choreography by Manfred Fischbeck, and performers from Group Motion Dance Company. As a winner of the IAWM Award, CALIFIA will continue its international performance tour through the autumn, and into Spring 2015…more details to follow!

quintan ana wikswo, califia and the trespassers

quintan ana wikswo, califia and the trespassers

I’m especially delighted that this is my second IAWM award for a collaborative work – this Award to composer Andrea Clearfield and in 2011, with composer Veronika Krausas for Waterland.

CALIFIA was created through the support of Creative Capital, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Montalvo Arts Center.

CALIFIA AND THE TRESPASSERS is a collaboration between Quintan Ana Wikswo (original concept, libretto, video projection, poems), composer Andrea Clearfield (music), and choreographer Manfred Fischbeck (movement), featuring performances by Amber Benson(voice), Gloria Justen (violin), and Stephen Kent (didgeridoo), and the dancers of GroupMotion Dance Theater.

Click HERE to read more about the project, explore excerpts from the poems and libretto, a snippet of the video projection, and look at photos from our US premiere.

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Through composer Andrea Clearfield, CALIFIA was a winner in the International Alliance of Women in MusicAnnual Concert for her electroacoustic music set to my film/poetry.  The work will be performed in a series of performances around the world in 2014 and early 2015. Performances in Philadelphia the weekend of December 12/13 will be presented by Group Motion Dance Company, Manfred Fischbeck, artistic director, who collaborated in the original project.

In 2012, CALIFIA’s US premiere was in Philadelphia in the Pew Festival, and continued in a performance series throughout 2013.

CALIFIA AND THE TRESPASSERS was filmed and created in the California killing fields of Santa Clara County, at the murder site of the Coastal Redwoods, the Ohlone people, and Kathy Bilek, a teenage birdwatcher killed in a serial hate crime in 1971. Since 1472, millions of Native tribes, trees, and teenage girls have come to inhabit California’s legacy of ecological, racist, and misogynistic violence orchestrated by wave upon wave of pioneer ideologues who have struck disproportionately at women and people of color.

My earliest memory is of standing inside a burned-out Sequoia tree, looking at the sky through a distant opening at its top: a vision of the ancient ecologies, mythic cosmologies, and first inhabitants that are eternally linked in my mind to California.

My later memories as a small girl in Santa Clara County are of terrifying warnings about sexual and racial violence as the utopian dreams of the 1960s became the murderous nightmares of Charles Manson, backlash against people of color in the wake of civil rights advances, and white male serial killers who hunted women as prey across the glorious California landscape…vigilante violence and toxic whiteness that recalled the 1860s lynch mobs and race riots against the Chinese, Japanese, Native Americans, Mexicans, and other non-European Californians.

Today, Silicon Valley and the Tech boom perpetuate this heritage, as they increase the rate of ecological destruction and create a dystopian world in which women and people of color are refused employment opportunities, ensuring that white men of European descent remain the kings and despots of California.