In addition to creating programs such as SOAK, LEIMAY artistic directors Shige Moriya and Ximena Garnica also create individual and collaborative works ranging from sculptural, video, and light installations to photography, training projects, and contemporary performances. This year, we invite the public to a series of talks, performances, and training that offer a chance to see the artists at their home, uncovering the layers of thought, practice, and experimentation that compose their works.
Part 1 – LEIMAY LUDUS Summer Intensive with Director Ximena Garnica
May 23 – May 26, 6pm – 10pm and May 27, 11am – 3pm
This weeklong session is open to dancers, actors, and performers. Led by artistic director Ximena Garnica, participants will be engaged in practices which cultivate an individual presence and prepare an alert body that is ready to perform and to be moved.
Part 2 – Public Symposium, Solo Study, and Studies for Frantic Beauty
June 11, 2pm – 6pm
This afternoon with LEIMAY revolves around the word and concept of Frantic Beauty, the subject and name of LEIMAY’s new piece premiering at BAM in 2017. The afternoon begins with a symposium of thinkers from different fields and is followed by LEIMAY’s presentation of performance Studies for the piece and a solo Study by LEIMAY Ensemble Member, Derek DiMartini.
Part 3 – Solo Study and Studies for Frantic Beauty
June 12, 8pm
LEIMAY presents a series of studies for its new piece, Frantic Beauty, premiering at BAM in 2017 . These studies can range from short performances to abstract video environments.
Part 4 – LEIMAY LUDUS Lecture Demonstration
June 14, 7pm – 9pm
In this 2 hour lecture demonstration, artistic directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and LEIMAY ensemble members will demonstrate the current practices and fundamental principles of LEIMAY LUDUS.
Frantic Beauty is an evening length performance and the third chapter in the BECOMING SERIES. The piece is conceived by Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and features the LEIMAY Ensemble. In Frantic Beauty, the artists reflect on the nature of beauty, how it is understood, and how this understanding affects society.
The BECOMING SERIES is a succession of multi-disciplinary works set in immersive environments and utilizing dance, theater, video projections and live music. The series deals with matter’s constant state of becoming through growth and decay, beginnings and endings. The BECOMING SERIES is a pentalogy. Previous works in The BECOMING SERIES are Becoming -corpus, (2013) the first chapter, and borders, (2016) the second.
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.
Photo by Anya Katz