the Bcollective collaborates with many fellow pollinators to create interactive
performances and educational workshops. Past collaborators have included:
Nala Walla, Keeth Monta Apgar, Maureen
Freehill, Yvonne Jarosz, James Frazier, Rainie Sunshine, Mark Lakeman, Tamara Ashley, and many more!
See bios below.
Nala Walla is a transdisciplinary performer, teacher and community activist
who emphasizes the central role that the participatory arts play in healing
fractured ecologies and communities. Her BODYECOLOGY and BODYVERSITY curriculums
synthesize bodybased art forms with principles of deep ecology in order
to move beyond the rational, and facilitate a wholistic, wholebody understanding
of permaculture. Nala bridges her ecologic and artistic sensibilities
through the Bcollective, an arts and ecology homestead on a tiny island
in the puget sound.
Keeth Monta Apgar brings his background in music to the Bcollective as
a songwriter and sound designer. In his almost twenty years of writing,
Keeth has created over four hundred song compositions. His untraditional
style weaves ambient field recordings with live instrumentation, lush
jazz chords, and image-evoking lyrics.
Keeth received his degree in ethnomusicology from Mary Washington University,
studied the didgeridoo in Australia, and plays the mbira – a “thumb
piano” from Zimbabwe. He is perhaps best known for The Harmonica
Pocket Children's Show, but his range extends beyond children's music
to composing experimental music for dance companies, and writing and performing
Maureen has performed and taught butoh, dance, theater and yoga for over
20 years. Her training includes an MFA in Directing Asian Performance
and a y0ga teacher certification. For nearly five years, she lived in
Japan performing and studying with butoh master Kazuo Ohno. She has now settled on Whidbey Island where she directs Butopia--Pacific Northwest Center for the Embodied Arts in Nature.
Yvonne has spent her lifetime in the pursuit of community, spirituality
and deep connection. She has lived in several creatively organized communities
in the U.S. and Mexico. She presently lives in community in Washington
State with members of the Bcollective. She is a painter, a weaver, a dream
guide, a family member, and is becoming ever so slowly a loving human
LINDA MAE CASE
Linda Mae Case