raising lilith is an interdisciplinary performance art duo that explores and provokes people’s relationships to their bodies, boundaries, and gender roles and obligations. Mixed-media artist Victoria Welling and pianist Anne Rainwater present evening-length works, called “chapters,” that examine these themes in a deliberately sequential and derivative way. Each “chapter” is thus a continuation of the previous performance’s sentiment, mood, and subject matter.
Chapter 1: Unladylike was presented in August of 2019 as the first “pop-up” performance of the Vernon Salon Series and offered a visual and aural non-verbal critique of traditional domestic experiences through live performance featuring Ann Cleare’s powerful piano solo where cobalt waves live, pre-recorded and manipulated sounds, and acting and movement. Chapter 2: Lost will be performed at the Center for New Music in San Francisco in May of 2020 and will again feature live performance and movement, but this time, Anne and Victoria will be collectively performing Frederic Rzewski’s “Lost and Found,” a somber piece written originally for body percussionist that expresses the sentiments of a male soldier recently returned from the Vietnam War.