SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD/ Artistic Director

Sibylle Szaggars Redford is a German born Multimedia Environmental Artist. She has dedicated her life’s work to creating art informed by her spiritual consciousness of our connection to life, the land, and the world by raising awareness of our environmental unsound practices. Redford’s inspirations stem from nature, ancient cultures such as the Hopi, the Moroccan, or as in her most recent work the monsoon rains in the New Mexican High Desert. 

She has exhibited her work throughout England, Germany, Italy, Monaco, France, Peru, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, and often collaborates with various musicians and choreographers. Her large oil painting series “Shape of Color” was her first collaboration with the world-renowned cellist Nina Kotova which was presented during the International Classical Music Festival in Cortona, Italy and later in Singapore of 2008. 

In the summer of 2010, Szaggars-Redford began creating her “Rainfall” series, inviting rain showers to become a major instigator and her collaborator with Nature. In this series Redford provides the paper with her abstract watercolor pigment compositions – she then waits for the monsoon rain in the New Mexican High Desert and places her work in these showers. To highlight her fascination about this process, she created her Rain Painting art film and invited Icelandic Musician/Composer David Thor Jonsson to score music to her film.

In 2013, Redford and Jonsson designed the concept for a staged art performance piece, “The Way of the Rain.” An Homage to planet Earth and its Universal Elements. This performance would incorporate different art forms like music, dance, spoken word, film, and light. Wherein Szaggars Redford designed her first stage backdrop of multiple large Rain Painting Silks that would symbolize falling water from the heavens. The Way of the Rain was first performed in 2013 at the Highland Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

In 2014, Szaggars-Redford formed a new collaboration with American musicians/composers Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, and Chuck Palmer. They brought together an all star team with choreographer Desmond Richardson, lighting designer Steve Cohen, video artist Floyd Thomas McBee, sound designer Ron Saint Germain and spoken word performed by Szaggars-Redford’s husband, Robert Redford. This collaboration created a site-specific version of The Way of the Rain that was performed at the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami, Florida.

The Sundance Film Festival of 2015 invited The Way of the Rain as an “Official Selection” which was performed in Salt Lake City at the Complex Performing Arts Center. It included all of the Miami collaborators and special guest performances by Sussan Deyhim, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marc Roberge and Richard On of O.A.R., and Robert Redford. 

In November of 2015 Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded the Way of the Rain, Inc, a New Mexico Nonprofit Organization. It is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, and/or educational purposes, including the specific purpose of developing, producing, and performing educational and artistic performances themed and designed to promote public awareness and support for protection of the Environment.

Szaggars Redford continues to create and exhibit new art constantly. For more information:

www.sibylleszaggars.com

www.ernestomayandsgallery.com

www.namingha.com

 

Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s art is currently presented by Ernesto Mayans Gallery and Niman Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 
 

ROBERT REDFORD/ Collaborator / Academy Award winning actor, director, producer and environmental activist.

Robert Redford is recognized the world over for the roles he has played and the projects he has directed or produced throughout a distinguished stage and film career. His passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts.Believing that it is the unexpected and uncommon, which ultimately enlivens the cultural ecology of a society, Redford has nurtured several generations of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and internationally recognized Film Festival. He is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression.

Redford was the recipient of the 1997 National Medal for the Arts by President Clinton.  In 2001 he was honored with the Freedom in Film Award presented by the First Amendment Center and in 2002 received the Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts: Lifetime Achievement Award.   In December 2005, Redford accepted the Kennedy Center Honors for his “distinguished achievement in the performing arts and in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the life of our country.

Redford received the LEGION D’HONNEUR medal, France’s highest recognition, from President Nicolas Sarkozy on October 14, 2010.  In presenting the medal, Pres. Sarkozy said, …”you are the incarnation of the United States and all that that country represents.” In reference to Redford’s environmental work, Pres. Sarkozy noted, “We need friends like you who have the courage to try to wake up people’s consciousness.”

 

 
 

WILL CALHOUN / Composer

Will Calhoun received his BA in Recording and Engineering
from the Berklee School of Music. The two time Grammy winner
is a co-founding member of genre busting rock band Living Colour.
Will has produced and toured with artists from around the world including Mick Jagger, Harry Belafonte, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, 
Paul Simon, Madonna, Lou Reed, and Public Enemy. Will's latest Jazz release is titled Life in this World, featuring Ron Carter, Wallace Roney and other Jazz giants. Will's creativity doesn't begin and
end in music: he is also a photographer/visual artist.

www.willcalhoun.com

 
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DAVE EGGAR / Composer / YoungArts Alumnus  

Dave Eggar began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and at 15 was the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International Competition. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School's Doctoral Program. A virtuoso of many styles, Dave is a two time Grammy nominee who has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including Evanescence, The Who, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ray LaMontagne, Phil Ramone, Bon Jovi and many more.

www.facebook.com/daveeggar

 
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CHUCK PALMER / Composer / Percussionist, Song Writer, Producer 

Chuck Palmer has performed and recorded with artists including Gil Goldstein, Sly Dunbar, Frank Ocean, Lucia Micarelli, Luciano, Alex Skolnick, The City and Horses, Waway Saway and the Talaandig Tribe, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Mr. Palmer co-produced Dave Eggar's Grammy nominated release Kingston Morning and is a founding member of their group Deoro. "Itsbynne Reel," from Kingston Morning, was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Instrumental Arrangement (Gil Goldstein). "Jonan", a track from their latest effort, Deoro: XX (produced by Chuck Palmer), was nominated for an IMA for Best World Beat Song.

chuckpalmermusic.com

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KARSTEN STAIGER / Photographer / Videographer / Documentarian

Karsten Staiger's introduction to "The Way of the Rain" all began with a simple invitation from two friends to photograph a recording session in NYC. The only information he had: Montana Studios, performance piece, music, dance and a fellow German lady who creates paintings with help from the rain.
Staiger knew he needed to captured it on video and since February 2014, he has been producing "The Way of the Rain" in video, photos and online. He could feel something special happening: a new family was forming. That was the beginning of his amazing adventure and now he is delighted and honored to be a part of an inspiring group of creatives.
As an artist and commercial photographer in New York City, for over a decade, Staiger has built his career shooting advertising campaigns for luxury brands and corporations, including Hugo Boss, DeBeers and Nextel from his Chelsea studio
Always a passionate and committed artist, when not shooting "The Way of the Rain," Karsten Staiger can be found on the rooftops of NYC creating a photographic ode to NYC called New York Love Story. Evolving out of Staiger’s desire to approach New York from new perspectives and spectacular heights he continues on a journey to create a beautifully photographed, expansive collection of exceptionally high-resolution large format photographs come rain or shine. www.newyorklovestory.com