LEIMAY Friends and LEIMAY Members Showcase: Gio Kusanagi, Emily Smith, Derek DiMartini

Date and Time:
Wednesday, June 8, 8pm
Space is limited.
Online RSVP is required.
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Ideas that Stick Skid and Otherwise from Emily Smith on Vimeo.

intolerance2 from Gio Kusanagi on Vimeo.


Gio Kusanagi

Shadow and Beyond

Kusanagi’s socially-engaged solo meshes with original atonal music piano score, finding itself within primarily bound flow along with alternating dichotomies of quick-sustained & heavy-light spectrum. Here lies a question on the contemporary human condition while presenting responses via metaphor.

Derek DiMartini

an incomplete list of things I don’t understand

DiMartini embarks on a study on the search for intimacy: On embracing identity, and on letting it go; On obscuring destination, nursing fragments, and removing cobblestones from the path.

Emily Smith/NOTforreTALE

Identifying as Seeking Plush

“… used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling.”

Begun as a dialogue between ‘sex negative’ and ‘sex positive’ feminism, Smith draws upon Audre Lorde’s Tthe Erotic as Power” and dives into an abstract exploration of the value of the erotic that lies beyond the sexual.

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Gio Kusanagi is a native of Japan and has studied Butoh with Moe Yamamoto, Toru Iwashita, Kunisuke Kamiryo, Yoshito Ohno, Yukio Waguri, Seisaku & Yuri, Ko Muroboshi, and Kayo Mikami, and Modern Dance with Bill Evans, Kista Tucker, Don Halquis, Angela Dennis, Kristina Isabella, and is a Certified Evans Method Modern Dance Instructor. Gio was the Artist in Residence at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in 2012, was a commissioned choreographer for the Asian American Dance Festival in Manhattan in 2012, a commissioned choreographer at Pittsburgh First Night in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and a commissioned choreographer at Dayton Performance Art Festival in 2008.

Emily Smith received her BFA from Alfred University with a major in Fine Arts and a minor in Biology and in Dance. Emily co­founded the Six and Four Articulations Contemporary Touring Dance Company, which gave dancers and non-­dancers space to make and show work nationally and was a member of Layla Mrozowski’s eco­friendly “BAAD” Bicycle Awesome Adventure Dance Tour. Emily is currently producing performance series. Fête with Elena Light coming up in June. Together with Laura Smith, they formed “NOT for reTALE”, creating kinetic sculptures and performance. She has been working with LEIMAY since 2015.

Derek DiMartini hails from Oakland, California. He likes to view dance as an extension of his passion as a creator and a performer. He was an ensemble member in Leimay’s 2016 premiere of Borders, and is training to teach and continue to develop the Leimay Ludus program. In New York his work has been performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, as well as at WAXworks and Marie-Christine Giordano Salon. He has also worked with SumBones Collective, and has had the opportunity to perform the works of Merce Cunningham, Ohad Naharin, Akram Khan, Reggie Wilson, and Trisha Brown. Derek graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a BA in Theater Studies.


SOAK is supported, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  SOAK and LEIMAY Ludus Training are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding for LEIMAY’s presenting program is given by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

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