Rock the Garden

Artist Residency Alumni Celebration & Performance in the Park

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6PM - 10PM

VENUE: Park Grounds

Free shuttle service available from West Valley College, Lot 1. Click here for more info about parking at West Valley.


Rock the Garden 2015
Hirokazu Kosaka's "Kalpa"
Photo: Moses Hacmon
Motoko Honda
Photo: Will Cohen
Nikki Borodi
Debby Kajiyama
Joanna Haigood
Photo: John Kent
Pamela Z
Photo: Rubra, courtesy Ars Electronica
Nehara Kalev
Photo: Bahara Emami
Real Vocal String Quartet
This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

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Join us for a dazzling multidisciplinary public festival featuring art, music, and food under the stars! 

This free event will give the public the opportunity to engage with current and former Artists-in-Residence; view innovative music, dance, and visual performances; explore Montalvo’s historic grounds; and enjoy dining options from gourmet food trucks.

Rock the Garden 2015 will feature a large scale performance festival showcasing live works by former and current LAP residents. The performances, which will take place throughout Montalvo's grounds and historical villa, will include works by dancer/choreographers, composer/musicians, and visual and performance artists. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the various art works on view on Montalvo's grounds, including some new installation, intervention and participatory based works by LAP residents premiering this summer, and a stunning exhibition of bronze works by acclaimed American sculptor Stephen De Staebler.

Highlights of the festival will include:

  • The premiere of three new site-specific performances by acclaimed choreographer and artistic director of Zaccho Dance Theatre Joanna Haigood with acrobatic aerial performer Zoe Klein, performing artist Clare Whistler, and dancer Adonis Damian Martin Quinones; choreographer/performance artist Nehara Kalev with songwriter/acrobat Nikki Borodi and acrobat/musician/designer Glenn Easley; and celebrated composer/media artist Pamela Z.
  • The restaging of an ambitious large scale sculptural and performance installation by internationally recognized performance artist Hirokazu Kosaka with Butoh master Oguri and harmonica player Tetsuya Nakamura.
  • Musical performances by hip-hop artist and member of the performance collective iLL-Literacy Dahlak; concert pianist/sound artist/composer Motoko Honda with trumpet player/composer/improviser Kris Tiner; and collaborative genre melding musical ensemble Real Vocal String Quartet.
  • Interdisciplinary performances by choreographer/performer Lauren Baines and performance artists/co-directors of NAKA (Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater) Debby Kajiyama and Jose Navarrete with multi-instrumentalist Adria Otte.
  • The opportunity to explore an exhibition of bronze sculptures by acclaimed Bay Area artist Stephen De Staebler; a new permanent seating element in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden by artist/designer Christopher Loomis; a temporary site specific installation by Imin Yeh; and A Healing Walk by Susan O'Malley.

Alumni celebrations span the globe! Visit the 75/10 Anniversary Blog for updates from around the world, and follow on Instagram & Twitter by searching #Celebrate7510.



    Hosted by composer Andres Solis

    Event Name: "Una"
    Thursday, July 23, 8-9 pm
    Exact location to be announced

    Una is an improvisational performance inspired by Montalvo's spirit of communion. The many shared moments with other artists converge in a single and unique ephemeral event that will take place in Mexico City. At the end of the day, it will come to one table.


    Hosted by artist Misako Inaoka

    Event: Picnic in Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto Imperial Palace
    Location: (Gosho) Haha-to-ko-no-mori picnic area
    Saturday, July 11th, 11am-3pm

    An afternoon gathering in the park of Kyoto Imperial palace, a beautiful location not unlike Montalvo—wild nature in the middle of the city.


    Hosted by artist Wapke Feenstra (Myvillages)

    Event: Rotterdam Pantry Party
    Location: In the Rotterdam studio of Myvillages
    Sunday, July 12, 4-8 pm

    The city of Rotterdam has a constant pantry of food that you can collect by shopping at (urban) farms. Participants will sit around a large table and eat from that pantry and LAP artists will share their recent work. The event is inspired by Myvillages's work on the Pantry Berlin book and the last editing of the Pantry film (2011) while at Montalvo LAP. The film was screened at a Final Friday at Montalvo. Working together with Culinary Fellow Nikki Ford to talk, cook and set up the garden inspired the artists to celebrate Montalvo's birthdays and sing a song.


    Hosted by poet and writer Nagat Ali

    Event: A Walk and Reading from Nagat Ali's unpublished manuscript, “The Road to Tahrir Square"
    Location: The Location of the Egyptian Revolution - Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Tahrir Square, Cairo
    Monday, July 20. Time to be announced.

    A walk through Tahrir Square, tracing the route poet Nagat Ali took in her book about her experience in the Egyptian Revolution, which she worked on while in residence at Montalvo LAP. The author will read a short paragraph from the book in Tahrir Square and post it to the 75/10 blog. This is a private event.


    Hosted by writer, editor, translator, and radio broadcaster Nguyen Qui Duc

    Event Name: Hanoi Celebrates the Gift of Time
    Date to be announced

    At Tadioto, an alternative space for the arts in Hanoi, Nguyen Qui Duc will give a reading of poems and an excerpt from his novel set in Morocco and written while in residence at Montalvo. Accompaniment will be provided by saxophonist Bao Long of Hanoi, a bassist, and guitarist David Payne.


    Hosted by poet Yassin Adnan

    Event: Picnic in Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto Imperial Palace
    Location: (Gosho) Haha-to-ko-no-mori picnic area
    Week of July 11

    At a café off the Djmaa el Fna, this desert city’s ancient gathering place, poet Yassin Adnan will read a poem he wrote at Montalvo describing experiences during his residency. Participants will raise a glass of mint tea to Montalvo and its gift of time for artists to work.


    Hosted by artist Ana Gallardo

    Event Name: Curando Géneros
    July 11, from 7–11:30pm and July 12, 4pm

    Visual artist Ana Gallardo will hold a two-day series of events in her Buenos Aires studio, inviting Argentinian artists to show their work including visual art, performances, and Super 8 films, in a celebration of the importance of time for artists to work. The event will culminate in a birthday toast to Montalvo.


    Hosted by artists Hemali Bhuta and Shreyas Karle

    Event Name: The Anonymous Garden
    Location: CONA Foundation
    July 19, 2015, 11am–2pm

    This event will reflect on the artists’ experience as resident artists at Montalvo in 2010 and the nurturing of their inter-disciplinary practices—the close proximity to nature, sensitivity toward the environment, the respect for the mundane and pedagogy. The CONA Foundation, situated at the edge of the national park in Mumbai, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is working to create a similar situation for the community and the students in this area. In order to commemorate the anniversary of artist residency at Montalvo, the artists will invite a botanist to enlighten participants with information on the many plants that adorn the CONA Foundation’s garden and thus many others in the society.


    Hosted by artist Claudia Borgna

    Event Name: Mighty Like a Flower!
    Location: Parrocchia San Domenico e Cappella di San Bartolomeo
    July 20, 2015 from 10am–2pm

    Echoing the site-specific installation set on the grounds of Montalvo in 2010, this celebration will take the form of a picnic amidst the ligurian olive groves. A gathering with children and mums, participants will workshop observations on art and nature while making an installation of rose-like flowers made out of recycled plastic bags on which we will embed thoughts about our relationship to nature. The event is part of a two week art project. The workshop will be introduced and followed by a presentation in which Montalvo will be celebrated as an example for future projects in and for the local community.


    Hosted by artist Daniel Canogar

    Event Name: A Solo Walk in the Hills Above Madrid
    Friday, July 24

    Artist Daniel Canogar writes, “One of the most memorable things for me about Montalvo, (amongst many) were the walks I did on the grounds. I've always lived in very urban and industrial areas, and to just walk out the door of my studio and be able to hit the trails of the property was a truly inspiring and energizing activity for me. I believe it helped me with my new series that I ended up calling Small Data. Most of these walks were solo, and very meditative.” In memory of these walks at Montalvo, Canogar will select a trail that resembles as much as possible the Montalvo trails in the mountainside north of Madrid. Through his journey/walk, he will collect materials and then create an artwork upon return to his studio. Canogar will forward Google map of the location of walk, images of the walk and final artwork. Watch our blog to share this experience.


    Hosted by artist Lisa Reihana

    Event Name: California Dreaming
    Sunday, July 19, 7-9pm
    Location: A cozy 1950s townhouse in Auckland

    In the spirit of Manaakitanga and Maumaharatanga (hosting and remembrance), Montalvo and LAP artist alumni in New Zealand gather to honor the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo.

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