Claire Elizabeth Barratt

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Claire Elizabeth Barratt is an inter-disciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of “Cilla Vee Life Arts” – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art.

Claire has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow, the New York Botanical Gardens, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and Art Basel Miami. She has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.
Claire received her professional training in London at The Laban Centre For Movement and Dance and at the London Studio Centre For Performing Arts. Her pre-professional training includes the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Schools of Music examinations. She also served an apprenticeship with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation in New York.

On moving to the USA in 1992, Claire held the positions of Dancer for “Unto These Hills” drama on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater in North Carolina, as well as serving as Co-Director for Circle Modern Dance and as Choreographer for the Knoxville Opera Company in Tennessee.

Once based in New York in 2002, Claire founded “Cilla Vee Life Arts” and, with the support of arts advocates such as Chashama, Bronx Council on the Arts and Arts for Art, began to develop and present her signature modes of work – including “Motion Sculpture Movement Installations” and “The Sound Of Movement” projects.

Claire now uses both New York City and Asheville NC as her home-bases where she continues to present work in a variety of venues as well as teaching and touring. Her most recent project is that of co-founding the nascent organization The Mission for Temporal Art, with Audio-Visual artist David Linton, in Marshall NC.

Artist Statement

“My work as an artist blurs boundaries and crosses categories. Re-defining the traditional concepts of a “piece” and challenging the conventions of performance, time, space and audience relationships.”

Art and Research Interests

As an Inter-Disciplinary Performing Artist with a background in dance, music, theatre and visual arts, the objective of my Creative MFA Practice project proposal is twofold:  To develop a deeper cognizant grasp of the various aspects of this broadly encompassing genre and to establish a context for my own work within its history; To develop a pedagogy in which my methods of training, preparation and execution can be integrated into a curriculum for the practice of Performance Art.  Over my first year of study, my projected areas of research include: a comprehensive study of the chronological history of Performance Art; a study of contemporaries writing about their own practice; interviews with individuals who are currently teaching Performance Art. I plan to facilitate a regular workshop series in which my own physical and creative methods of training and preparing body and mind can be fully explored within a synergetic setting. The discoveries and developments of this research process will be continuously assimilated and assessed throughout the course of the year


Claire will be teaching “Body Tuning” classes at the summer residency. Not strictly a formal yoga class – the Body Tuning method uses deep breathing, stretching & meditation similar to most forms of yoga. it is part of the method she has been developing in her studio practice.

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