LEIMAY & The New York Restoration Project Present:
OUTSIGHT featuring LEIMAY Fellow, Kelly Todd
Sunday, October 6th at 1pm
@ Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Garden // Lower East Side, Manhattan (174 Suffolk 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:
Kelly Todd will be creating a site-specific work for the NYRP that is based off of her film series that features the American National Monuments that are threatened to be used for industrial development. The piece will be an abstracted retelling of The Giving Tree to hone in on our modern-day reliance and relationship to trees. She will be collaborating with dancers, actors, and live musicians to enhance the space, instill hope, and provide solutions for conservation of our wildlands.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Kelly Todd is a native of Houston, TX. She received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science. She has been featured in contemporary dance works by Robert Battle, Kuperman Brothers, Sharon Eyal, Zoe| Juniper, Johannes Wieland, and Punchdrunk. She currently resides in NYC and performs with the critically-acclaimed, award-winning off-broadway show Sleep No More. Along with performing, she also teaches Mindfulness and Sex Ed to Middle School students at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City, NJ.
Kelly’s own artistic endeavors investigate the interdisciplinary relationship between environmental issues and movement. With years of experience in immersive theater, Kelly explores how to enhance natural habitats through dance, using the art forms wide breadth of physicality, emotional vulnerability, and visceral connection.
Kelly is currently in development for Riding Red which plays on the childhood folklore of Little Red Riding Hood to explore puberty and the events that transition us from childhood to adulthood. She is also in production for her environmental dance film series, Under Review, which features the American National Monuments that are threatened to be opened for industrial development. https://www.kellyashtontodd.com/
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: pat berrett