Ariadne, daughter of Minos, helps helps Theseus defeat the Minotaur but when Theseus does return to his homeland, it is without Ariadne; somehow, she is left alone on a distant shore after they stopped to rest, and she wakes to find herself abandoned by the man she gave up everything for. Salamé uses a self-developed physical and vocal form to examine that of forsakeness and wreckage, embodying an abstracted imagining of this unknowable moment in Ariadne’s life.
Danielle Russo/Danielle Russo Performance Project
Study No. 2: First, fall from the weight of your thenar eminence
An excerpted sampling of a larger duet, this solo study is a glimpse into a larger exploration that began from the geometric dissections mapped by the laws of the golden ratio in the hands, arms, and head; as such, a gestural lexis is established, deconstructed and rendering the upper body onto the lower periphery. Marrying this movement with postures frequent in visual representations of “Via Crucis/Stations of the Cross”, these configurations are further fragmented and reconciled by timed accelerations based on a numerical series of binary strings according to Fibonacci.
while you were away
Returning LEIMAY Fellow Lucy Kerr returns with an intersection of film and performance, realizing the poetic relationship between human landscape and loneliness. Kerr immerses performers in images of absence, both reflecting and revealing what is not there and what could be there.
Through the integration of digital projections, mobile light design, and a sound score that travels through headphones and small portable speakers, Kelley investigates the physicality of secrets by interweaving the moving body with technological and digital landscapes. Kelley’s solo moves from highly nuanced gesture into a lushly feminine virtuosity.
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Alexa Salamé is a Lebanese-American choreographer, director, and performer based in NYC. Previous original work: Dangerous Curve… (Dixon Place), SHE (NYU/TSOA). Regional: Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare On the Sound ’09, ’10). International: Retreat, A California Seagull (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ’08, ’10). She is a graduate of NYU-Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing and the International Theater Workshop in Amsterdam.
Danielle Russo has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, Sweden. She is Artistic Director of Danielle Russo Performance Project, producing multi-disciplinary work that breathes between proscenium and public spaces. Working residencies have included Chez Bushwick (NYC), Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Belgium), WUK (Austria), PA-F Performing Arts Forum (France), SILO (NYC, PA), Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada). Presently, she teaches choreography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and performs with the Metropolitan Opera. BFA Dance, BA Anthropology from NYU TSOA; MFA Dance from Hollins University/ADF on fellowship.
Lucy Kerr is a choreographer, filmmaker, performance and installation artist, and writer. Kerr graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and was the grand prize winner of the 2014 George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence for her Philosophy and Dance thesis and her mixed-ability choreography. Kerr is a 2014-2016 LEIMAY Fellow. Her performances have been presented in theaters, galleries, and public spaces including LEIMAY, IDIO Gallery, and Co-Lab Projects. Her films have been screened by Dance Films Association and Mono No Aware at the Center For Performance Research Gala. Kerr worked as a writer for LEIMAY’s publication accompanying the production of ‘borders’ at BAM. Her writing involves research in the areas of existentialism, performance studies, and phenomenology.
Kathleen Kelley is a choreographer, media artist, and Assistant Professor of Dance at Montclair State University. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her choreography has been shown across the US including at the Dance Complex in Boston, the Center for Performance Research, the Tank NYC, the John Ryan Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, and Dance New Amsterdam. She is a 2015-2016 LEIMAY Fellow at CAVE Organization and her most recent work, “Unstable Artifacts” premiered in March as part of the CURRENT SESSIONS, Volume VI, Issue I performance series, was a part of WAXworks at Triskelion Arts, and will be performed in the HATCH series in May 2016.
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.