d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks presents “PAG-ASA” — an evening of concert dance and live music featuring City Dance Ensemble, colectivo caliban, d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks and Kat Mills. 4/29 & 4/30 @ 730pm Albig Studio Theatre Peters Hall B112 Radford University Admission FREE

Collaborations in Dance Festival 2012

Triskelion Arts presents Collaborations in Dance El colectivo performs In the Memory of Hope, Friday and Saturday night (Aug 17-18, 2012) at 8pm. 118 N 11th St. Brooklyn NY 11249 This four-night festival will showcase new works by choreographers and their collaborators in dance, film, video, music, visual arts, and a smorgasbord of other disciplines. …

Event flyer for RVA Noise Fest 2012

RVA Noise Fest 2012

We go on at 8pm Sunday.  See the facebook event page for full line-up. Update: due to derecho-related disasters and other Mexicalia, John ended up performing solo.  Here’s a video, courtesy of SIlver Persinger: Brass, bowls, bow

Liz Canfield, in the memory of hope, Black Mountain College Conference on John Cage, October 2011.

in the memory of hope

In this generative movement and sound performance/installation we investigate the possibility of welcoming a stranger into our fold. The sound and movement installation/performance embodies the improvisational gesture in the design of the space and in the movement that conducts a dialogue between the responsive materials and the bodies of the performers. The dancer’s movement generates …

ofrenda to the disremembered

Ofrenda to the Disremembered is a trans-temporal re-examination of the Mexican tale of la Llorona, whose unthinkable act of desperate infanticide in the face of colonialist oppression made her, variously in different versions, a monster, a cautionary tale anti-heroine, and the protector of border transgressors. This multimedia performance considers la Llorona in a borderland defined by …


Solo dance with live soundscore improvised on found percussion, modified toy piano, and laptop. View photomontage from premiere tech rehearsal with soundscore excerpt. Listen to recorded soundscore for Santa Barbara performance.  

chora: the human conditioned

This performance is built around a solo dancer working within a confined space while the sound she makes with her body in the space is fed into a continuously accumulating loop. In this way the movement and sound constitute a mutual feedback system that evolves from a slow, labored rhythm to a gong-like reverberant drone. …

John Priestley at DancePlace DC, July 2010.

John Priestley

John Priestley ( is a musician, educational software developer (VCU School of Medicine), and graduate of the VCU Media Art & Text interdisciplinary PhD program, having completed a dissertation on generative music.