Venus Jasper is a queer visual artist, storyteller, world builder, performative priestess, researcher, educator, writer, and curator, currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Gratitude - Watering the Woodlands

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Gratitude - Watering the Woodlands (live performance) taking place at Lustwarande Tilburg (NL). Duration: 120 minutes. Photography: Gert-Jan van Rooij, Alex Harris.

Gratitude - Watering the Woodlands took place at the outdoor exhibition Disruption: Remapping Nature for Lustwarande 2017. I designed a garden in and around a dome-shaped greenhouse, inspired by both druidic ritual gatherings and the permaculture movement. Read all about it: here. Nearing the end of the season, I wanted to give thanks to the woodlands by tuning-in and giving water to the forest in a walking ceremony. During this silent (non-speaking) barefoot meditation we connected deeply to all the greens, branches, trunks, smells, sounds and particularities of our surroundings while a free-range audience wandered around the woods too and could engage is small interactive nonverbal dialogues with the performers. In the video below you can see the team prepare, after which they were silent for 2 hours doing their work. At the end they close with a vocal celebration.

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Date - 02.09.2017
Concept: Venus Jasper
Performers: Maia Lyon Daw, Caroline Lindo, Marleen van Wijk & Venus Jasper
Custom instruments and live harp: Maia Lyon Daw
Costumes: Alexandra Hageman & Venus Jasper
Photos: Gert-Jan van Rooij, Alex Harris

Lustwarande -- Platform for Contemporary Sculpture
Sponsors of Lustwarande, CBK Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund