In late 2016, Rebecca and Maria formed BaVa; an audiovisual duo interested in exploring both the limits and new possibilities of digitally extending their traditionally analog materials for new performance and installation possibilities.  BaVa has performed audiovisual works at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Old Hairdressers, and at The Glad Cafe (part of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra MATAZZ). Bava has been awarded funding towards two shows; Women, a performance in response to women’s experiences of everyday harassment, and, Flow, a week-long installation of sound, projection and sculpture, culminating in a performance incorporating live sound, dance, painting and projections to conclude the exhibition.  Rebecca and Maria are both founding members of Glasgow arts collective EAST, involved in hosting a performance at GoMA in 2017, integrating elements of live music, physical theatre, live art and neurofeedback technology; a part of ongoing research into creativity and the brain.


Selected Bava performances:

July 2018, ‘Flow’, week-long residency culminating in interactive audiovisual installation and performance, Bridge Week Festival, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 

April 2018, ‘Women’ in workshop, The Scottish Music Centre

April 2018, ‘Women’, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 

2017, EAST- Sound, Image, and Cognition, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2017, GIO-matazz with Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Glad Cafe, Glasgow



Rebecca Gibson- Visual Art Maria Sappho- Piano Ana Norrie- Dance Claire Ruckert- Reader ​ Supported by the Equality and Diversity Fund Premiered at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, April 2018 Workshop- Scottish Music Centre, SWIM (Scottish Women Inventing Music) May 2018 Re-performed Bridge Week Festival, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, June, 2018 Installation video- WOMEN IV ed. GERDA TARO – ART, WAR AND REBELLION, MOA – Museum of Operation Avalanche in Eboli- 18thto 31stMaggio 2019 What are our stories? Are some occurrences that happen so commonly we forget they are stories? What do we share in common? What do we disagree on? What makes us unique? What unites us? "Women" shares anonymously submitted stories from women around the world, highlighting grey areas in our everyday treatment, upgrading, and history. Performed through the medium of music, dance, and visual art, these stories are told. The reading of these stories, all strangers to each other, felt side by side, in a celebration of the diversity in feminine experience. “Women” is the result of the collaboration between pianist Maria Sappho, visual artist Rebecca Gibson, and dancer Ana Norrie. The piece explored new ways to share the feminine story with an audience. The work was audience response generated, sharing’s given both from an anonymous survey and from written responses from live audiences members before entering the performance space. The questions asked were for everyday stories, with focus on the grey areas of a women’s experience in our modern world. What is not punishable by the law sometimes, but still holds prominence in our lives. Ultimately the message is of positivity, these shared experiences create feelings of unity, love, resilience, and laughter. We are humbled as artists by the openness and willingness of those who shared their stories, allowing us to embody their voices in performance. The work itself looked to experiment with a new medium for political art, work that does not come from the performers perspective, but from the world which we are trying to creatively reflect. Through the openness of audience generated material, we share the multifaceted, sometimes conflicting, sometimes tightly aligned views, opinions, and lives of real people in our modern society.