Encounters with LEIMAY Part 1
LUDUS Summer Intensive with Director Ximena Garnica
LEIMAY LUDUS Summer Intensive is envisioned by artistic director Ximena Garnica as a laboratory for developing and sharing an instinctive, conscious and rigorous way to cultivate the performer’s body. It is constantly reinvented in conversation with internal and external dynamics rather than relying on a singular technique. LEIMAY LUDUS values training as an act of growing the body through embracing it voice, soul, intellect and physicality.
The fifth annual LUDUS Summer Intensive is open to dancers, actors, performers, movers and those interested in investigating the human body’s vast possibilities. Ximena utilizes improvisation as a means of personal exploration, thus accessing each student’s individual physical potential so as to develop a unique and individualized movement vocabulary.
Exercises offer opportunities to explore internal openness and energy flow; to distinguish different approaches to generating energy and impulses; to activate different body qualities; and to facilitate an awareness of consciousness through the exploration of the unconscious domain. During the LEIMAY LUDUS Summer Intensive, participants will be engaged in practices which cultivate an individual presence and prepare an alert and neutral body that is ready to perform and to be moved.
May 23 – 26, 6pm-10pm
May 27, 11am – 3pm
Pre-registration is required
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Ximena Garnica is a Colombian born interdisciplinary choreographer, director and artist based in New York. She received a B.A. in theater arts with a minor in multimedia studies from the City College of New York. In 2006 she graduated from Akira Kasai’s Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo. Ximena is active as a curator and producer. She has been awarded with the 2010 Bessie Schonberg Individual Choreographers Residency at the Yard and has been recognized with the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship for young Hispanic directors in New York. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in Japan, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and Colombia. Currently she teaches at P.H.T.S, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama. Other teaching credits included master classes and lectures at Denison University, Skidmore College, DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota. She lives in Brooklyn and leads ongoing training in dance and performance at CAVE.
Encounters with LEIMAY is a four-part series of talks, performances, and training that, seen as a whole, offer a resonant environment that mirrors LEIMAY’s artistic practice. Encounters with LEIMAY is conceived by artistic directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya as a chance to see the ensemble at its home, uncovering the layers of thought, practice, and experimentation that compose LEIMAY’s work. This series includes the LEIMAY LUDUS Summer Intensive, a lecture demonstration on LEIMAY LUDUS, and symposium and performance studies focused around LEIMAY’s new piece, Frantic Beauty, premiering at BAM in September 2017.
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.