LEIMAY Friends and Fellows Showcase:
Hee Ran Lee, Butch Merigoni, Irena Romendik


Hee Ran Lee*
A Humble Action to Feel the Meaninglessness

The core of A Humble Action to Feel the Meaninglessness is the subjective truth that each audience carries out with their participation. Through the performance, audiences will consciously respond to their own action of viewing and experience true artistic creation with interrelationships in the active positions with the performers.

Butch Merigoni
All of It

Using a-tonal sound, movement and task-based actions, this performance explores the nature of choice. The performers, having the freedom to inhabit and exchange, any or all of the work’s pre-established roles, create an autonomous and collaborative environment that continually changes, or stays the same, depending upon the decisions made. It’s through these decisions that the work takes on an unplanned structure, resulting in unforeseen outcomes.  

Irena Romendik*
The Seeing Hand

The Seeing Hand is an interactive showcase that mixes dance, video, and watercolors to share a process of transmitting live dance performance into physical drawing. An interactive showcase of the process of drawing live dance, mixing dance, video, and watercolors.
* star denotes LEIMAY Fellows

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Please note this event takes place at 334 S 5th Street, Brooklyn NY. There is a $17 suggested donation for all audience members which will be collected at the door.


Hee Ran Lee is a Brooklyn-based performance artist whose body-centered work explores private and public gestures of the Asian female body in the patriarchal power structure and investigates cultural marginalization. Her work has been shown at Queens Museum (New York 2016), Galerie ALB (Paris 2015), Culture Station Seoul 284 (Korea 2014), Grace Exhibition Space (New York 2013), The Watermill Center (New York 2012), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago 2012), and Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 2011). She holds an MFA specializing in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a fellow artist of LEIMAY 2016-2017 at CAVE.

Butch Merigoni moved from New Orleans to Brooklyn in 2002 to pursue a masters in painting from The Pratt Institute of Art. Since that time his work has grown into an interdisciplinary practice of performance art and movement & dance. Focusing on the varied role of the body in the construction of art, his work researches the tactic language it uses and the motives from which it acts. Most recently, Butch is researching and performing “All Of It”, an interdisciplinary performance that examines the nature of choice. He is also working with Jeff Shortt on a movement-based duet that will be shown this summer at the Built on Stilts Dance Festival.

Irena Romendik arrived from Ukraine two decades ago and currently resides in Brooklyn New York. She holds degrees from Shevchenko Art School in Kiev, Pratt Institute, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Irena participated in multiple shows, made costumes for dancers, and performed herself, but that has not been the focus of her artistic career. Irena values the process of artistic creation over production. Her multidimensional interests have produced projects that cross disciplines, and sometimes are difficult to categorize. 


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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Photos by Margot Simonney, Natalia Nicholson.