Images from Video, POSITION
COME TOGETHER //
= An Evening of Time-Based Art & Community =
A benefit for writer and stroke survivor William Whittle
Sat, June 27
7pm | Motion Pacific, 131 Front St, Santa Cruz
Doors 6:45 // Performance + Dance party
Will Whittle // prose
John Malkin // live music
Song Nelson // interdisciplinary performance
Leralee Whittle // dance + improvisation + video
David Lakein // conceptual performance
Katie Griffin + Molly Katzman // dance
Paul Sprawl // music composition
/// + after party w/ DJ Brian Edgar \\\
Leralee Whittle / F O R C E S will perform STROKE YOU, STROKE ME a contemporary performance informed by the audience, by her Dad and his writing, as well as by the limitations and a deeper love and broader understanding brought on by radical change.
$15 – up // it’s a benefit
Ticket options: 1). Donate $15 or more at Will’s plum fund webpage your name will be added to the list of ticket holders
Simply cut and paste this link- http://www.plumfund.com/pf/e9k5d
2). Second option- Just show up and pay at the door.
Can’t make it, but you want to give // Donations are kindly accepted on-line at http://www.plumfund.com/pf/e9k5d
Published author William Whittle has managed quite an achievement after the last year of near death experiences and paralysis that rendered him unable to write or to speak most words. While the life of a full-time writer taking on tough subjects such as religious fundamentalism has not been easy, the severity of stroke he suffered has been, well, hell by any measure, especially when you consider his occupation. The kind of stroke William experienced resulted in major break down of neural connections. Through the twists and turns of the last year, William’s body, mind and spirit have come together more and more since the debilitating stroke. He turns 80 years old this month! Please join us in honoring him and celebrating his birthday while raising funds for his special care needs.
My Dad’s life as an artist started a bit like “how can you keep them down on the farm once they’ve seen Paris?” After a strict Mormon upbringing, my father William Whittle, found inspiration in the arts when he and my mother stayed in Paris following an international USO dancing and singing tour with a Brigham Young University group. After absorbing French culture for three years, they returned to the states where they had 3 children. In 1970 (when I was a guppy in my mother’s womb) my Dad reentered college at San Francisco State University and started his first novel. Embarked on a new path as a committed writer with a creative practice, he quickly found the inextricable link between art and the old adage “know thyself”. Inevitably, he left the Mormon church.
In the novels and short stories he’s written since, he’s employed both poetic expertise and historical knowledge to address challenging topics, such as religious fundamentalism in America and the necessary quest to free the imagination. Throughout his catalogue one finds a common thread; support for Truth, Beauty and human potential and a desperate need to save us from self-limiting, myopic beliefs. His commitment as a writer, father and friend has kept me and other creatives who may have given up long ago, going steady on a path of life long investment in the arts.
I see this benefit performance as a ritual, one in which artists band together to support a deserving artist elder in the last stage of life. It’s a performance to honor decades-long commitment to the arts. I can’t think of a better gift for his 80th birthday. The proceeds from the performance and after-party will assist him in paying for costly, unforeseen professional in-home care and supplies for his various disabilities. Please come!
PLAY 1 // Leralee Whittle (MN/Big Bend) // Moss Beynon Juckes (Berlin) // Blacki (Minneapolis)
PLAY 2 // Leralee Whittle (MN/Big Bend) // Moss Beynon Juckes (Berlin) // Bauhaus
PLAY 3 // Leralee Whittle (MN/Big Bend) // Moss Beynon Juckes (Berlin) // Lee Perry
PLAY highlights random sparks, patterns and potentials activated when players listen and practice with immediacy – allowing the new connection to guide creation of time based art.
We play to work and work to play.
Always Becoming // Time-based art can provide a more realistic experience of the ephemeral nature of time. The fact is we never arrive into now. Our experience of the present is perpetual state of becoming. This video ALWAYS BECOMING is a celebration of this potential to become. It’s a dance with and about forces of affect, a ritual experience that also relays something more about immanence or an immanent body experiencing time and space in a fullness that diminishes the compulsion to escape into the transcendent.
HOP HOPE is part ofWe Just Stopped Pretending, a series of videos shot outdoors in the commons of various international cities that contrast everyday reality with heightened presence and phenomena. The interdisciplinary project brings attention to potentiality of community space by blurring social boundaries in creative use of the commons. Elements of everyday landscape are re contextualized as players of the fantastical. We Just Stopped Pretending explores where the imagination, collective potentials and creative engagement have a place alongside regular use of “the commons”.