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CIRCLE of FIRE: Live Performances, Part II
February 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come join us for another round of live performance pieces within the context of our ongoing Circle of Fire
exhibit! The following five fabulous female artists will treat us to a night of mystery, laughs and wonder:
Based in Oslo, Norway, Marianne Skjeldal is a freelance dancer, choreographer and performer, producing
her own performances at the intersection of dance, theatre and performance. Her works, combining
movement with text and voice, are most often linked to a specific site, to space, objects and materials.
For years, she has developed installations for art festivals and also worked outdoors, in public spaces and
gallery rooms, as well as in more traditional stage venues. A certified masseur and yoga teacher, both the
somatic and spiritual aspects of these practices are an inspiration in her artistic practice, where she
examines different forms of presence and being, as well as methods for transformation and possible
transcendence. Marianne has toured and worked in Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain,
Belgium, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, the US, Chile, Brazil and Ethiopia. In 2011, she
was awarded a 2-year artist grant from the Norwegian Government.
Loren Crabbe is a mixed media artist working with various tools, including her own. Hailing from upstate
New York, with a lifelong history of athleticism, Loren had been heavily dependent on physical labor as a
means to survive. In 2008, her life was dramatically changed by a severe auto accident resulting in life
altering short-term paralysis. While recovering, she quickly became aware of the importance of
strengthening both the body and the mind simultaneously.
She sculpts both the human body as a Certified Physical Personal Trainer, and materials such as metal and
paper as an artist. She does so while exploring the mind-body connection and the physiological responses
to material and human interaction. As a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in
metalsmithing and as a trained paper maker, she continues to push boundaries in all aspects of her life.
As a wellness coach, Loren has developed concepts of abjection as a process to cleanse the human
Based in Harlem, Autumn Kioti is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, actor, aerialist, instructor,
fighter, activist, scavenger and trickster whose practice draws heavily from her American Indian roots.
She combines improvisational movement and choreography using found objects, mask and puppet
building from scavenged items, painting and illustration, etching and print-based work, folk arts, aerial art
and circus, martial arts, theatre, film and written works.
Her work has been seen throughout the world, from Jakarta, Indonesia to New York City — including
Madison Square Garden, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Fringe Festivals, as
well as countless theatres and art galleries. Most recently her collaboration with Iranian artist Nooshin
Rostami was named one of the top ten at DUMBO Arts Festival 2014.
Lesley Kernochan’s music is like going on a hike with a bubble gun; she is a passionate songstress and a
vibrant goofball. Her muses are diverse and sometimes quite bawdy, therefore Lesley’s show is a
refreshing kaleidoscope of genres and topics.* *Anything from unusual pubic hair to shamanic love may
Based between Berlin and New York, Katy Gunn is a singer and violinist performing her own unique brand
of songwriting – a combination of soulful, intimate songs fusing classical and pop. Using mainly her violin
and voice, Katy writes “sarcastically witty, exquisite pop”, as quoted from her CD Baby review. She was
most recently awarded ‘Best New Artist’ at the Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (2013), and was featured
at the Peel Slowly & See festival (Netherlands) that same year. She is currently part of the duo Teenage
Love, her new electro-pop project based in Denmark, which received immediate recognition from Danish
National Radio shortly after its first release in August, 2014, alongside festival debuts in Copenhagen.