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An immersive performance of dance, video and live music reflecting on the way borders are seen, perceived, created and traversed.

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Posted on March 18, 2016 by LEIMAY
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Sold out houses at BAM Fisher

Posted on March 18, 2016 by LEIMAY

With four sold out nights and a very warm and receptive audience response borders premiered on February 18, 2016 at BAM Fisher.  Over 1,000 people attended the performances, the gallery exhibition in the BAM Fisher lobby, and the launch of the borders process book.

We would like to share with you some excerpts from the piece.


World Premiere

Concept, Direction and Choreography by LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya
Original Score Composed by: Joe Diebes
Performers: Masanori Asahara, Andrea Jones, Lindsey Mandolini, Derek DiMartini, Jeff Shortt, Emily Smith
Dates: February 18-21, 2016; BAM Fisher Theater; 5 performances

Borders is the second piece of the BECOMING SERIES, a succession of multi-disciplinary works set in immersive environments.  The first piece of the series, Becoming -Corpus, was developed during LEIMAY’s Professional Development Program residency at BAM, and premiered at BAM Fisher in Fall 2013. Borders will be comprised of two parts:

  • A fully produced live performance
  • An artifact publication tracing and exposing the creative process

The live performance will feature instinct-grounded choreography of high physicality, meditative stillness and the human voice. Six dancers will be lit exclusively by a 12-channel projection of textural light and underscored by live piano and digitally manipulated voices, in addition to their own voices. Through the collision and merging of light, sound, voice and the materiality of the body, LEIMAY seeks to alter the spectator’s perception by shrinking the gap between space and time to expose the ambivalence inherent in the way borders are created, perceived, transformed, traversed and dismantled.

As individuals within a global city constantly negotiating or carrying borderlines with us, how does this shape the ways in which we engage the world? When do we transgress our own boundaries? When do we become borders ourselves? With Borders, we will delve into what these aspects of borders mean in order to raise questions of how our choices and our strategies for making connections, affecting, and being affected impact the world around us.

Borders hopes to continue the success of its predecessor, Becoming -Corpus, which saw four sold-out houses amidst critical and scholarly acclaim. After seeing LEIMAY’s production of Becoming -Corpus, Richard Schechner wrote “Becoming -Corpus is a model of the conjunction of visual art and physical dance theatre…Garnica and Moriya’s Butoh is about experiencing the world today;  the misapprehensions of what appears before us followed by revelations of what we are seeing…” (“The Illumination of LEIMAY’s Becoming -Corpus”. TDR: The Drama Review 58:3 (T223) Fall‘14).

Borders has been developed over a 15-month period, consisting of a variety of activities including Movement Think Tanks, concentrated lab-like periods of work, intimate work-in-progress showings in our studio in Williamsburg and regular rehearsals.


LEIMAY Core Ensemble Retreat for Borders @ Mount Tremper in Upstate NY
May 26- June 1, 2015; January 11-17, 2016; and February 8-14, 2016

Encounters with LEIMAY @ CAVE, home of LEIMAY in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Studies for Borders (Showing of Work-in-Progress): June 26-27, 2015 – 8p
Public Symposium & Studies for Borders: June 28, 2015 -8p

5-performance run at BAM’s Judith and Alan Fishman Theater (BAM Fisher): February 18-21, 2016 (8p); February 21, 2016 (2p); February 18, 2016 – 9:30p opening night toast; February 19, 2016 – 9:30p post-show artist talk

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Becoming -Corpus Excerpt
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The staged production of “Becoming -Corpus” was the first part of the BECOMING SERIES. “Becoming -Corpus” conjured a kinetic experience of altered time and space, tracing the transformations among beings, the individual, and society. “Borders” will build upon the aesthetics of “Becoming -Corpus”. Due to the slow nature of the choreography within “Becoming -Corpus”, we have included a cut of excerpts from the full production. To access the entire performance, please visit: https://vimeo.com/22255074 (password: intoleimay).

Excerpt from Hypatia
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Opera with libretto by Mac Wellman (work-in-progress)

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BOTCH goes in search of the voice and its mutations in contemporary digital culture. An ensemble of vocalists cut, paste, reverse and scramble language into a complex audioscape of intricate patterns, uncanny mimicry, and pulverized speech. More a processing system than a traditional score, BOTCH unfolds differently each night as the performers respond to a changing libretto with split-second decisions, resulting in a dramatic vocal complex of raw phonemes and speech melodies.

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Under the name of LEIMAY, for the past fifteen years our artistic duo (Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya) develops, creates and tours collaborative works ranging from sculptural, video, and light installations to photography, training projects, publications, and contemporary performances. Based in Brooklyn, New York we develop and share our work and the work of other…

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