VIEW MISA KELLY'S CV
Misa (Dylan) Kelly is an award winning, multi-disciplinary artist whose choreography, visual, performance & installation art has been exhibited across the USA & Europe her favorite adventure to date being installing herself and her art guerrilla style in the Lourve as a part of the museum project. Director of SonneBlauma Danscz for 15 years she co-founded ArtBark International in 2012 embracing a collaborative/co-creative platform. Passionate about community building her innovative program designs & organizational efforts have helped over 1,000 artists over the past 20 years. As an indie author she publishes under the pen name Ginger Freedom. She lives on the west coast with her beloved of 23 years and Magnolia the piebald panther of a cat much adored by all who encounter her.
Press & Audience Quotes
and surreal in most places, it was as playful as the fun of its cut-up
music… The evening was like a good mixed tape made by a friend who wants
to turn you on to the newest in new. Consider that mission
Peggy Baker, Choreographer
BeBe Miller, Choreographer
Karsen Gould, Artistic Director, Arts for Humanity
Misa Kelly is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist and producer with eclectic studies in dance, music, choreography, and the visual arts. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and graduated with highest honors earning a degree in dance and business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1996 she founded SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre which evolved into ArtBark International in 2012. She also co-founded it’s affiliated non-profit, The Future Traditions Foundation. Misa has been described as “a woman slight in stature, proved an overwhelming and formidable presence on stage in her work which used her own vocalizations in a psychological journey.” (Dance Plug) and “astonishingly gifted” (Santa Barbara News Press). As a mid-career artist she has performed extensively on the West Coast, in New York, Connecticut, France, Austria and Turkey. She has completed over 150 projects including co-founding and co-producing the ADaPT Festival series with her husband Stephen Kelly and its affiliated Affinity project, supporting and nurturing the growth of other artists, completing over 40 works of dance, film, physical theater, installing solo shows as a visual artist in Vienna and New York, and through the Museum Project her work has been installed guerrilla style in the Belvedere Lourve, the, MOMA, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Norton Simon Museum. In addition to her own creative work she has performed in the choreography of New York artists Brian Brooks, Keigwin + Co. & Doug Elkins as a part of the DANCEWorks project. In addition to her present work with ArtBark International she is a core member of the Nicole McKenzie Improv group and is in creative collaboration with Los Angeles based artist Nancy Evans of Nancy Evans Dance Theater, New York based artist Barbara Mahler, and will soon begin work on a project with a French film maker based in Los Angeles. Misa's present area of interest is deepening collaborative and co-creative processes, stone carving, writing rap/spoken word for performance and living her life as a creative as an expression of mindfulness and meditation.