LEIMAY will celebrate life and death with a new work, “Thresholds,” created specially for the mausoleums at Green-Wood Cemetery. “Thresholds” explores the fragility and resilience of life through a rising and falling dance at the threshold of death. LEIMAY performers include: Masanori Asahara, Maurizio Campani, Baptiste Denient, Ximena Garnica, Andrea Jones, Rachel Love, Joao Carlos Pinheiro Macedo, Liz McAuliffe, Jeremy Slater, and Raul Zbengheci.
LEIMAY’s performance is part of a showcase called Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure In Green-Wood Cemetery, featuring four site-specific dance performances, each created by a Brooklyn-based choreographer, with tours by the exceptional Atlas Obscura. The setting is humbling. Located in Sunset Park, Green-Wood is a National Historic Landmark with 478 acres of stunning architecture, statuary, hills, valleys, ponds and paths. Its 560,000 permanent residents include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, the Steinway family, and other prominent art world figures. Other choreographers creating work for Crossing Over are Elisabet Torras Aguilera, Sophia Schrank, and Shirel Jones, each presenting highly distinctive sets. Together with Atlas Obscura, our performances will highlight tombs from New York’s performing arts history, and conclude within the cemetery’s hallowed catacombs.
Friday & Saturday, September 12 & 13 | 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm, 8:30pm | $35
500 25th St | Brooklyn, NY 11232
Note: LEIMAY performance is 10 minutes long and each tour lasts 40 minutes.
As part of Beat Festival LEIMAY is also performing a new piece: Qualia -Holometaboly at the Brooklyn Museum. Please check here for details about that piece.
Masanori Asahara, a native of Japan, has been living and dancing in New York since 2004. He studied at DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM. He creates his own works and has performed with Janis Brenner & Dancers, Butoh Rockettes, Company So-GoNo, da:zain, Duhon Dance, Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater,Wendy Osserman Dance Company, Purring Tigers, Sasha Soreff Dance Company, Sticky Mango Movement, Nathan Trice – Rituals, Vissi Dance Theater, Yukio Waguri and Kota Yamazaki / Fluid hug-hug.
Maurizio Campani – Born in Florence, Italy, Maurizio has always loved reading and writing. In
2004 he started his personal research in Art. In 2008 he studied physical theatre at the Teatro della Pioggia and his theatre Master Anne Zénour. She is the main source of his theatre formation and research.
Baptiste Denient has spent a great deal of time evading rules, limitations and boundaries. Performance art eventually seduced him as the most engaging discipline to indulge the full being in an everlasting state of self-creation, beyond language and definitions. The encounters that most impressed him include some members of Paratheatrical Research Cokaseki, Peeping Tom, and Lines Ballet.
Ximena Garnica is a Colombian born interdisciplinary choreographer, director and artist based in New York. Ximena is active as a curator and producer, and is the co-artistic director of LEIMAY. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in Japan, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and Colombia. She lives in Brooklyn and leads ongoing training in dance and performance at CAVE.
Andrea Jones began professional dance training at the Russell School of Ballet, and graduated from George Mason University (BAs: Dance, Comparative Lit). She has worked with choreographers such as Scott Rink, Susan Shields and Adriane Fang, and spent the last three years performing as a company member of Naganuma. Andrea joined LEIMAY in Winter 2012.
Georgia Johnson is a performer from Vancouver, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree in Drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained in the Experimental Theater Wing and Playwrights Horizons School of the Arts. Georgia has been working with LEIMAY for one year, and has appeared in productions Qualia –Gardens and diSPlACEment Project.
Rachel Love, Soprano, graduated this past year from The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford (BM Vocal Performance). Ms. Love covered the role of Rosalinda in “Die Fledermaus” and sang the role of Anna Maurrant in “Street Scene,” both with Hartt Opera Theatre. Ms. Love is a student of Valerie Sorel and Eric Trudel.
Cacá Macedo is an actor and dancer. Graduate, University Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland (Physical Theater); Martha Graham School NYC (Post Grad). He’s danced for Streb Company in the show Kiss The Air in NYC and London. Cacá is part of the Brazilian Physical Theater company Group.Br and he’s very excited to work with LEIMAY.
Liz McAuliffe is an interdisciplinary performing artist working in Brooklyn. She has collaborated with LEIMAY on a variety of projects since 2011. She is thrilled to be dancing with the company once again, at the Greenwood Cemetery as a part of the BEAT festival.
JEREMY D. SLATER is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the areas of sound, video, computer art, performance, and installation. Born in Reading, England and a graduate of both SUNY College at Buffalo and School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Computer Art. Performances include sound and live performed video that is ambient and sometimes interactive/reactive.
Raul Zbengheci is a Romanian born artist, writer, and organizer. He works with LEIMAY, MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions, and STREB. In 2011, Zbengheci founded Collectif Experiencia in Paris. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and L’Universite Paris 3 – La Sorbonne Nouvelle with degrees in Theater, Economics, and Critical Theory.