Encounters with LEIMAY:

From the New York Butoh Festival to LUDUS
Lecture with LEIMAY Director Ximena Garnica

LEIMAY Artistic Director Ximena Garnica shares a lecture chronicling the inception and run of the New York Butoh Festival, which ran every other year from 2003-2009. The festival brought many Japanese butoh masters and dancers to the United States for the first time and ran in tandem with New York Butoh Kan Training Initiative. Those formative years of the Festival and Training Initiative led to the cultivation of what is now LEIMAY’s LUDUS. The lecture is a companion to Ximena’s article written for The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, a major new volume on butoh history, theory, and practice.

Date: June 2, 2:30 pm
Location: CAVE home of LEIMAY
58 Grand Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Encounters with LEIMAY is a three-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 uncover the layers of thought, practice, and experimentation that compose LEIMAY’s works. This series includes the LEIMAY LUDUS Summer Intensive, a lecture demonstration on LEIMAY LUDUS, and the presentation of a series of studies focused around LEIMAY’s future works.  

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.