LEIMAY LUDUS Community Classes with LEIMAY Artistic Director and Ensemble Members
Summer 2018 // 6 Week Cycle
Wednesday Nights April 25 – June 6 (**No class May 30)
2 Different Classes:
LUDUS // Becoming : 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
LUDUS // Impact : 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
LUDUS is the underlying methodology of LEIMAY’s 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 // Becoming class uses imagination to delve into a multitude of shapes, textures, worlds, and experiences. Students will constantly morph and change; becoming and ceasing to be. It engages with expanding states of consciousness to enable multiple realms of perception and utilizes improvisation as a means of personal exploration. Each student’s individual physical potential is used to develop a unique and individualized movement vocabulary. Join us and dance as the nothingness of mist, the wilt of flowers, or a tangled ball of hair!
LUDUS // Impact is a class of high physicality. Collide, repel, magnetize, influence and affect the body through the generation and activation of natural principles and forces. Create a strong and centered body with the use of sharp movements and explosive reactions. Explore your own body’s relationship with gravity, current, and weight in new ways. A great companion class to Spring Cycle’s LUDUS // Water. Please bring knee pads if you like.
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
ABOUT LEIMAY LUDUS
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.
Masanori Asahara (Ensemble member) is a Japanese born dancer, choreographer and improvisation artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked as a dancer for choreographers Kota Yamazaki, Yoshiko Chuma, Isabel Gotzkowsky, and Nathan Trice among others. Masanori has collaborated with visual artists, installation artists, musicians, filmmakers and multimedia artists in a variety of projects. He has performed at venues such as BAM Fisher, Brooklyn Museum, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, The Gene Frankel Theater, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, St. Mark´s Church, Watermill Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan (Bogotá, Colombia), Mesa Art Center (Arizona), and Tulsa Performing Arts Center William Theater (Oklahoma). He is a core member of the New York interdisciplinary LEIMAY Ensemble since 2010.
Krystel Copper (Ensemble member) is an NYC based artist. She holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, and has performed with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, B3W, Anahata Dance, CircuitDebris, Caenis at Pace, Estado Flotante, and Not for ReTALE, as well as presented her own work at DNA. She currently works with Amanda+James and LEIMAY.
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.