LEIMAY LUDUS Community Classes with LEIMAY Artistic Director and Ensemble Members

Spring 2018 // 6 Week Cycle

Wednesday Nights March 7 – April 11
2 Different Classes:

LUDUS // Spark: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
LUDUS // Water: 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm

LUDUS is the underlying methodology of LEIMAY’s embodied practice. It cultivates imagination and a heightened awareness of gravity, friction, and weight. It nourishes deep states of listening and explores potential connections between the body’s materiality, voice, thoughts; between spaces and materials; revealing domains of transformation and potentiality.

LUDUS // Spark focuses on a progressive, energetic, dynamic, and rhythmic movement work-out across the floor focused on developing strength, endurance, flexibility, and grounding. The class ends with a lab-like exploration utilizing imagination and imagery to trigger multiple body conditions. Get ready to sweat!

LUDUS // Water focuses on the conditioning of a conductive body through the identification of the body’s own weight in relationship to gravity and the cultivation of internal rhythm and fluidity. Participants will utilize imagination and imagery to engage with and identify flow of energy. The meditative environment helps create a body both flexible and serene.



1 class: $10.00
2 same-day class package: $15.00
6 week 12 class package: $80.00

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Drop-ins are welcome.


Online registration – Credit Card or Paypal
Drop-in – Cash or check only


LEIMAY LUDUS is an invitation to play in the world of LEIMAY. Through LEIMAY LUDUS Ximena, Shige and the LEIMAY Ensemble share and continue to articulate LEIMAY’s physical conditioning practices, visual art craft, aesthetics, and philosophies while providing another point of access to their creations and process, and contributing to an understanding of the works distinctive to LEIMAY.

LEIMAY LUDUS offers different opportunities to work with artistic director Ximena Garnica, current ensemble dancers, and with an inspiring group of local and international guest and resident teachers working within the field of butoh, physical theater, performance art and experimental vocal practices.


Teacher Bios:

Derek DiMartini (Ensemble member) hails from Oakland, California. He has been a LEIMAY Ensemble member since 2015 and is training to teach and continue to develop the LEIMAY LUDUS program. Since joining LEIMAY, he has had the opportunity to study with Yukio Suzuki, Sherwood Chen, Yuko Kaseki, Zack Fuller, and Su-en, among others. Derek graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a BA in Theater Studies.

Ximena Garnica (Artistic Co Director) is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, and artist and simultaneously an active curator and producer. She is the Co-Artistic Director at LEIMAY. Garnica is part of the dance faculty at P.H.T.S, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Other teaching credits include master classes and lectures at Denison University, Skidmore College, DeSales University, and Muhlenberg College. 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. Garnica has been leading a variety of programs at CAVE since the year 2000 including international performance festivals, residencies and training projects.

Andrea Jones (Ensemble member) joined LEIMAY as a member of the performance and research ensemble in 2012.  Since becoming part of the LEIMAY team, she has had the opportunity to study with world-renowned butoh masters and dancers such as Ko Murobushi, Moeno Wakamatsu, Sherwood Chen, Tadashi Endo, Kota Yamazaki, Yuko Kaseki, and Su-en.  She is also an active contributor to the development of the LEIMAY LUDUS.  Andrea is a graduate of George Mason University, where she double majored in dance and comparative literature with a focus in East Asian literature. She is a certified yoga instructor and spent the last year and a half living in Japan and studying Noguchi Taiso in Osaka, Tokyo, and Aomori with teacher Mari Osanai.