LEIMAY & The New York Restoration Project Present:
OUTSIGHT featuring LEIMAY Fellow, Nana Chinara
Saturday, September 28th at 2pm
@ Gil Hodges Community Garden // Gowanus, Brooklyn ( 534 Carroll Street)
This is a FREE and public performance
OUTSIGHT is a performance series presented by LEIMAY in partnership with the New York Restoration Project. It features public performances by international and local artists working within areas of dance, theater, performance art and butoh curated by LEIMAY Artistic Directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and set within one of NYRP’s community gardens.
ABOUT THE WORK:
This is a confessional research of self intimacy and self surrender. I research self liberation from pain and trauma and transform it into grounding, building, and manifesting a home within myself. I am curious about the homes held and built within Black bodies, particularly how my body has built a home of numbness, immobility, and pain. This is a confessional that moves beyond that pain and sanctifies a new home within myself, within the garden, and within the witnesses – a home of self intimacy, self liberation, and self surrender. Gil Hodges Garden itself becomes a witness to this sacrament, an installation site of an altar, and a space to hold and engage with affirming witnesses on this self grounding journey.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Nana Chinara creates. She’s Black, Queer, and a gleaming glitterbeam. She dreams up worlds in her body, and offers them to the stage. A healing artist, youth educator, and loquacious lover, her craft calls upon exploring sweet intimacy with the self through self-research and self-reflection. Her artistry is the lens through which she conducts self and community research on inner wisdom, violence against young black femmes, traumatic partnerships, and multidimensional love. Her first and foremost intention as an artist is to use her healing tools to exist inside of her body and at the realm of her ancestors, indulging in being witnessed. Chinararituals.org
LEIMAY is a multidimensional entity lead by multidisciplinary artists: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya. As an arts organization its mission is to stimulate dialogue on contemporary performance and installation art; develop LEIMAY’s LUDUS; offer studio and performing space for emerging and established artists; and develop and tour new and existing individual and collaborative creations by Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, as well as their work with the LEIMAY Ensemble. LEIMAY endeavors take place at its home, CAVE, located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as well as at other venues in New York, the Americas, and beyond.
In addition of touring, exhibiting, producing, and developing Shige Moriya and Ximena Garnica artistic work, and the LEIMAY Ensemble work LEIMAY runs the following programs: 1) LUDUS, a training program and teaching residency. 2) OUTSIGHT Series, a presenting program. 3) STUDIO SPACES & FELLOWSHIP a low-cost hourly rental facility and an inexpensive permanent studio & resource share. 4) conectom, a free online artist and audience network and online publication. Past programs included SOAK (‘12-’18), the NY Butoh Festival (’03-’09), the CAVE gallery (’96-’06), Vietnamese Artist-in-Residence Program (‘04-05’), Butoh Workshops (’01-’07), NY Butoh Kan Training Initiative/ NY Butoh Kan Teaching Residency (’08 -’11).
New York Restoration Project is at the heart of Innovative urban change in New York City. We believe nature is a fundamental right of every New Yorker, and we work to manifest that right by partnering with local communities, public agencies, and the private sector on a daily basis.
OUTSIGHT, LEIMAY’s Performance Series presented in partnership with New York Restoration Project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
photo credit: Kalyn Jacobs