LEIMAY Friends and Fellows Showcase: Heidi Boisvert, The People Movers, Lindsey Mandolini
Walking Wounded is a multi-media performance that gives voice to unspeakable experiences of trauma through generative sound and live drawing stemming from dancers’ internal milieu and unique gesture vocabulary. It offers a safe space for healing through kinesthetic engagement and the restoration of interpersonal connection established through touch. Erasing awareness and cultivating denial are often essential to survival. Through music and imagery generated from the inaudible sounds of the dancers’ nervous system, the piece re-composes narrative fragments, re-animating the life force that lies within often blocked or shattered bodies due to painful life experiences. Sonic vibration amplified through sub-woofers and set to Solfeggio frequencies serves to realign damaged attunement systems.
The People Movers*
Glass is a dance performance built around the concept of a glass ceiling. Featuring music by Peter Van Zandt Lane and poetry by Olivia Clare, four women move under, around, and beneath constructed and suggested barriers. Glass brings to light questions of spectatorship, conformity, and credibility. Glass creates separations– performer/audience, language/music, individualism/conformity– in order to further reveal how barriers are cultivated, maintained, and, perhaps, falsely perpetuated through the larger cultures we move through every day.
Anomaly is an autobiographical solo about gender, identity, and a rare medical syndrome. Mandolini reveals how her anatomical oddity has shaped her perspective and understanding of self. Receiving her diagnosis at age 16, she attempts to turn a personal teenage tragedy into a twentysomething comedy. A decade of experiences and realizations from a woman born without a womb. She explores fantastically imagined events of womanhood and what it means to continuously come of age.
* star denotes LEIMAY Fellows
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Heidi Boisvert (PhD) creates groundbreaking games, web interactive, augmented reality and transmedia storytelling experiences for social change, as well as large-scale networked performances in dance and theatre using bio-creative technology. She co-founded XTH, a company creating novel modes of expression through technology and the human body. She has been a Harvestworks Fellow with support by the Rockefeller Foundation whose works have been featured in Kotaku, TIME, Wired, Salon, Fast Company, Washington Post, and the Atlantic, to name a few, and showcased at EMPAC, Banff New Media Institute, Queens Museum, Kunsthalle and the Waag Society.
The People Movers is a performance and production collaborative under the direction of Kate Ladenheim (BFA The Boston Conservatory). The People Movers make performances, and make performances happen. TPM have been praised as “stunning… an interplay of oppositions… pure, unbounded physicality meeting intricate, balletic delicacy” (the Dance Enthusiast). TPM’s work has been presented across the Northeast and in New York City. Kate is a LEIMAY Fellow at CAVE, and the winner of the 2015 Rider University Emerging Choreographer Competition. Her work has been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble and Rider University. The People Movers have been awarded residencies at The Field (New York, NY), the White Wave Rising Choreographer Residency Program, Pocantico, and University of Georgia.
Lindsey Mandolini is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She began her training in Chicago at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance and graduated from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program. Lindsey went on to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts receiving a BFA in Dance and a minor in Art History. She has danced for New York-based choreographers: Hee Ra Yoo, Regina Nejman, Erin Carlisle Norton (The Moving Architects), and Jody Oberfelder. Lindsey has presented her work at Symphony Space, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, and CPR. She was a LEIMAY Ensemble member (2015-2016), including borders at BAM. Lindsey performs as a guest artist with LEIMAY and manages their rehearsal space CAVE, in Williamsburg.
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.
Photo Credits: Margherita Pevere, Chelsea Robin Lee, Dustin Cohen