Encounters with LEIMAY, Part 3


Solo Study and Studies for Frantic Beauty

LEIMAY presents a series of studies for its new piece, Frantic Beauty, premiering at BAM in 2017 . These studies can range from short performances to abstract video environments. In Frantic Beauty, LEIMAY reflects on the nature of beauty, how it is understood, and how this understanding affects society. The Studies offer a chance for LEIMAY’s audience to observe the inner workings of the piece before its premiere and also a chance for LEIMAY to see the piece’s resonance in front of an audience. The evening will close with an additional Study, a solo choreographed by one of LEIMAY’s Ensemble members, Derek Di Martini.

Solo Study – Beat Your Heart Out with Derek DiMartini

Beat Your Heart Out taps into the insatiable body; the frenzied state that attempts to destroy the line between carnal consumption and self-transcendence. Passion in aggression; Cracking open the self from the inside out;  Expending beyond limits. This piece was developed with LEIMAY.


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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.  

Frantic Beauty is an evening length performance and the third chapter in the BECOMING SERIES. The piece is conceived by Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and features the LEIMAY Ensemble.  In Frantic Beauty, the artists reflect on the nature of beauty, how it is understood, and how this understanding affects society.

The BECOMING SERIES is a succession of multi-disciplinary works set in immersive environments and utilizing dance, theater, video projections and live music. The series deals with matter’s constant state of becoming through growth and decay, beginnings and endings. The BECOMING SERIES is a pentalogy.  Previous works in The BECOMING SERIES are Becoming -corpus, (2013) the first chapter, and borders, (2016) the second.

LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya is the duo behind CAVE, the New York Butoh Festival, and the Williamsburg SOAK festival. Comprising photography, video art, installation, and dance, and often involving interdisciplinary collaborations and training projects, LEIMAY’s sculptural, video, and light installations and contemporary performances are rooted in the body, integrating instinct-grounded choreographies and mesmerizing environments. Their performances juxtapose sound, video, light, and movement to create multi-sensory experiences that range from wild physicality to contemplative silence.


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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