Girls Against God magazine hosts Wolf Moon Gathering, an afternoon of performance - Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Girls Against God Magazine, published by Capricious, co-edited by Bianca Casady and Anne Sherwood Pundyk gathers the forces for a celebration of the wild female soul. Hosted by Fairy Goddess Mother Vaginal Davis, we journey inward through a myriad of rituals and prayers. With guided mediation lead by Bryn McKay and a plant-channeling performance by Melanie Bonajo, we listen to the voice of nature in connection with the sacred feminine. Casting The Circle and Drawing Down the Moon, a dance ritual evoking the Goddess is performed by Johanna Constantine and J.Z.araA. We sing together in a group chant ignited by singers Diane Cluck and Yasmine Hamdan, calling to Skeleton Woman, to dance The Dance of Life/Death/Life, embodied by Rebecca Wright with musical accompaniment by water-soul-conjurer Doug Wieselman and cellist Danny Bensi.
The first hour of the program is an informal ritual of initiation. Through healings of sound, hand washing, and many forms of feathered-smoke blessings we invite you into the subterranean forest. We suggest that everyone bring an object of personal significance to offer to the altar for the casting of spells. Tuning out the outer-world, leaving at the door our fragmented selves and distraught sense of focus, we ask you to be present in the moment: turn off your phones, document the experience with your mind and heart, listen and be here.
CocoRosie: Tales of A GrassWidow 2013 Tour video
New video for “Gravediggress”
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Directed by Bianca Casady
Shot in Southern France, spanning several different seasons, The Gravediggress emerges from the imagination of the clown. Played and danced by Biño Sauitzvy, The Clown oscillates between young and old, innocent and deranged. Our mother plays the masked Gravediggress who’s stuffed hands struggle at menial tasks such as picking wheat and taking laundry from the line. The narrative is a loose journey thru the psyche of a lonely outcast who finds ecstasy and company in nature. The filming was spontaneous though it took much more time than a typical music video and without the pressure of a studio and crew we were able to wander and shoot in this way. We let the work steep and revisited the project months later for another stage of development.
My working relationship with Biño, a Brazilian choreographer based in Paris, who has also trained in circus and clowning, started in 2011 when we developed Nightshift, my first theatrical work. We also started then to discover in dance, the brokenness of the outcast. He played a homeless-drunk, clown called Hummingbird Man. I have worked on many videos over the last 14 years and have shot many of them in this same location but this is my most narrative attempt to date. I prefer to shoot intimately, just me and the other and the force of the elements. Some times our hands got frozen cold, or we got attacked by swarms of mosquitos, spiders crawled out of every hole and we truly marveled over the moon and pink sky.
New from CocoRosie: ‘Child Bride’ official video by Emma Freeman
CocoRosie’s “Tales of a GrassWidow” in Limited Edition Color Vinyl
Tales of a GrassWidow is now available in three formats: CD, digital download, and limited edition color vinyl at the CocoRosie webstore. Also offering bundles with extra CocoRosie gear including posters, stickers and tote bags.
G.A.G. — New Feminist Arts Magazine spearheaded by Bianca Casady of CocoRosie & artist Anne Sherwood Pundyk
Cross-disciplinary artist Bianca Casady of music duo CocoRosie is set to launch a new print magazine entitled Girls Against God (GAG). A boldly feminist exploration and multi-generational endeavor, GAG deploys the arts to illuminate the oppressive, obsolete nature of traditional, male-defined religions and other patriarchal institutions — “We must resist and reinvent,” Casady declares.
Created in partnership with artist Anne Sherwood Pundyk, GAG’s debut issue is a lushly colorful tabloid-sized print publication, showcasing provocative, original artwork alongside comprehensive interviews and essays with an international cadre of artists.
GAG’s editors honor feminist heritage, seen in a photo essay of the Seneca Women’s Peace Encampment — while seeking to broadcast current perspectives, such as Pussy Riot and Femen.
GAG Issue 1 contributors include: Antony, Gabby Bess, Melanie Bonajo, Vaginal Davis, Yasmine Hadan, Emely Neu, Kembra Pfahler, Marguerite Stern, Alexyss K. Tylor; and contributions from Johanna Constantine, Mary Hanlon, Julie Higonnet, Molly O’Brien, Chloe Olewitz, Alice O’Malley, Kara L. Rooney, and Jean Marc Ruellan.
Check out GAG on Facebook.
Exclusive: Listen to “Tales of a GrassWidow” on NY Times Press Play
"Gravediggress" performed live on France 2
"Ce soir ou jamais" 17.05.2013
New music video from CocoRosie: “After the Afterlife”
A furry beast cavorts on the shoreline as Hawaii becomes a psychotropic paradise after being given the CocoRosie treatment in the band’s newest video release. Filmed by Mike Basich in the island state, “After the Afterlife” is taken from the forthcoming album Tales of a Grasswidow. “It was exciting to be given so much creative space when working with CocoRosie,” he says. “It was a special project filming it in a place where the girls grew up in their younger years; adventuring through nature, dreaming of other lives in the land of Hawaii.” Since their debut release La maison de mon rêve in 2004, sisters Bianca (“Coco”) and Sierra (“Rosie”) Casady have forged their own freaky following, using rare instruments and far-out vocals to pioneer a free-spirited brand of folk that has led to collaborations with such artists as Antony Hegarty and Devendra Banhart. The pair have also provided soundtracks for Escada and Prada campaigns, lending the track “Trembled Blossoms” for the latter’s spring/summer 2008 animated short, and are currently preparing a project with acclaimed American theatre director Robert Wilson on a production of Peter Pan by the Berliner Ensemble. Through their music and various projects, the siblings are also committed to the global feminist fight, as Bianca relayed to NOWNESS.
Why is it important to attack patriarchy through your music?
Bianca Casady: Patriarchy is over. This is my slogan of hope. We must project optimistic images. I don’t want to see popes and presidents and warlords any more. Most of all, I am tired of the male image of God. We are from the earth, she is our mother; we must protect her.
Can you tell us more about your Future Feminism project?
BC: Burning dialogues about a desperate need for a revitalization of feminism and concern for the planet quickly turned into planned meetings between us, Antony Hegarty, Kembra Pfahler and Johanna Constantine. We are working on a book as well as an art exhibition for next fall.
Are you hopeful for the future?
BC: We are bursting with optimism. I feel there is currently a global awakening to the realization that we have been comfortable in a social prison for thousands of years. Women and men are oppressed by patriarchal views, systems and religions that despise women, who have hijacked her power of creation and called her a whore. Wherever we can we must resist and reinvent. There will not be an invitation for women to take the seat of power—we must just take it.