I want to know what happens when we blend the body’s intuition with the mind’s astonishing capacity to imagine, enter into, and describe stories, feelings, ideas, visions, experiences, and possibilities. I want to know what wants to pour forth from the still center point through each of us into creations and collaborations that delight, awe, disrupt and sing new ways for worn-out patterns, nourish, inspire, and help build new worlds—each of us bringing, sharing, and weaving our surprising alive gifts.
Here’s my bio in the third person:
Kirsten is an emissary of the earth and invisible; a resident of the borderlands as she aims to dissolve them; a performer, writer, musician, artist, and healer who dances with land and the threads that connect us. Born in Yamhill County, Oregon, she studied medieval manuscripts, writing, and experimental theatre at Yale University; lived with a circus and healing arts community in the jungle on the Big Island; washed boats for a summer in Squalicum Harbor, WA; helped run three small permaculture farms; co-created wildly popular live-action serial sock-puppet variety shows; performed public interventions dressed as a platypus in NYC subway stations; DJ’d several-hour-long sets at Burning Man, and spent two summers building masks, performing, and playing klezmer fiddle with Bread and Puppet Theater. Her background and training includes experimental/physical/community theatre, butoh, yoga, music composition and performance (vocal, instrumental, electronic), writing and journalism, film, art and illustration, and herbalism. She’s performed in Portland with Speculative Drama, Quantum Animal Observation Space, Shaking the Tree, and Water in the Desert/Mizu Desierto Butoh Theatre, and creates visual art, writing, ritual, spoken word, music and sound, installation, film, costumes, puppetry, libations, events, and workshops as a solo and collaborative artist. She has composed and recorded with the artist Lapa, is a member of the experimental vocal group EVE, and is finally learning to play the accordion.
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I am also available to perform weddings and handfastings (I’ll even weave you your own, unique cord!). More on that soon…