The mission of Anima Ritual Theater Project, is to give expression to the feminine unconscious for the purpose of individual and collective transformation and bringing socio-political balance to the world.
From Anima foundress Lisa Citore:
“It’s been a life-long vision of mine to bring dreams to life on stage. This is the beginning. My focus for this particular series is the liberation of the feminine aspect from patriarchal conditioning. More than ever on this planet, feminine voices and visions are needed. When I put out the invitation for female artists in our community to share the vulnerable treasures of their deep psyche on stage through dance, song, spoken word and performance art, the response was overwhelming. Whether you are a lover of dreams or a fan of the dark feminine, we hope to poke at your own imagination in a way that feeds something lost and vital in you.”
Lisa Citore is a pleasure activist, performance artist, writer, sex educator and teacher. She’s been leading sacred sexuality workshops with men and women for fifteen years. She’s the writer, director and producer of four theater productions, The Tao of Sex and Bloodlines/Women’s Moon Stories, Riding the Dragon and Keep it Wet. In 2015 Lisa gave birth to the Women’s Sexual Mystery School, a 6 month immersion into the ancient practices and rituals of the temple priestesses. The Women’s Sexual Mystery School now has groups in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, New York and Boulder. She is the creator of Anima, a woman’s ritual theater collective, whose mission is to give expression to the feminine soul. Lisa has studied with top teachers in her field, including Shakti Malan, Michaela Boehm, David Deida and Bodhi Avinasha. She has acquired extensive knowledge of Goddess practices through her studies with Ariel Spilsbury and the 13 Moon Mystery School. For more information on her work, see www.LisaCitore.com and www.SexualMystery.com
Cybil Gilbertson graduated with honors from the UCSB Department of Theatre and Dance in 1997. Upon graduation she began dancing professionally with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, where she worked, studied, performed and toured nationally and international until 2011. Cybil has danced with Robin Bisio and the Santa Barbara Bird Tribe for several film, stage and site specific offerings as well as Cirque Destino, Monterey Dance Collective, ESALEN International Arts Festival, LA Music Awards and several other project based groups in California. In 2009 Cybil founded NECTAR Healing Arts; “highlighting relevant social themes through the arts and education”. She has steadily produced and curated events for adults and children between 2009-current. NECTAR has received 4 grants and has been nominated for several awards. In addition, Cybil is a licensed massage therapist, Pilates and yoga instructor, writer, painter, storyteller and mother of 2 wildly vital and creative young boys. Www.cybilgilbertson.com
Jenna Tico got her start as a firebird on the Summer Solstice stage in 1993, and has not stopped dancing since. In addition to a lifetime collaboration with Solstice, Jenna is the co-founder and artistic director of TOTEM, a local arts collaborative dedicated to providing free arts and nature-based educational opportunities for teens and mentors. She is a regular contributor with Lucidity Festival, Santa Barbara High School Theatre, and Fishbon Arts Collaborative, and her writing has been featured by Hostelling International, Passwords, and The Manifest-Station.
Samantha Bonavia has been involved in the performing arts her since childhood in a variety of disciplines including dance, choral singing, plays, ensembles, experimental theatre and collaborative projects. Much of her work has been informed by her spiritual explorations in many different traditions from both eastern and western influences. She prefers to pursue a ‘listen and follow’ approach to creating, while cultivating a safe space for the mysteries of the inner being to come forth and express.
Elaine Gale is a California-based writer, performer, storyteller, humorist, professor, journalist, fourth-generation educator and sixth-generation Nebraskan. She’s Interim Chair of the BA Program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, and recently performed the sold-out world premiere of her one-woman show, ONE GOOD EGG, at Center Stage Theater. She’s the Writing Center Director for Antioch University’s PhD Program in Leadership and Change and an adjunct professor at Santa Barbara City College. Her mission is to encourage, refine and amplify authentic creative expression—on the page and the stage. She loves community, empowerment, our shared humanity, unconventionality, joy, and all creative self-expression. www.onegoodeggshow.com
Melissa Lowenstein is a mother, writer, non-profit professional, youth program facilitator, psychology geek, yoga student, amateur psychological astrologer, and lover of bodies, movement, and artistic endeavors involving same. She has danced and choreographed throughout her life.
Claire (Clarity) Cooley started her dance career in the living room of her Santa Barbara childhood home, which eventually led her to ballet classes. When she was 7 years old, her family moved to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. This influenced her movements in the way of surrendering into the unknown, sharpening her awareness, adaptability and her ability to transform fear into love. Four years later, she moved back to California to continue her professional path. Clarity now teaches hip hop at Seventh Dimension Dance Studio and performs in various local events. She is a dancer with a message and a mission, inspiring and expanding the movement through movement.