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About | Leralee Whittle / F O R C E S

Leralee Whittle is a time-based artist working in the media of contemporary dance, improvisation performance and video installation. Her compositions are informed by her body of work- textural threading technique (TTT), dancing with forces and deep embodiment (DE), as well as digital media. 

Whittle’s research continually evolves out of performative practice, video art, on-site dance, collaborations with musician/composer Paul Sprawl and her extensive past in the San Francisco Bay Area & Europe with mentor/collaborator Nita Little // ensemble improvisation performance + contact improvisation, Regina DeCosse // modern dance, Allasan Kane // Ballet of Senegal, Anouk Van Dijck // Countertechnique, Contraband // post modern technique + performance, Frey Faust // Axis Syllabus, Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theatre, ballet, somatics and design.

She’s been presented in Europe and the US at Dinamiche Scomposte Festival, Italy, Aria, Spain, The Montreal / Twin Cities Choreographic Exchange, Minneapolis and La Esquina, Kansas City. She’s a recipient of grants from Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Art Museum, Theatre Bay Area, Puffin Foundation and Cultural Council Santa Cruz.

We make time-based art at GLINT artist residency in the Chihuahuan desert in Big Bend, at the border of Mexico. We receive inspiration in off-the-grid work spaces on 20 acres with beautiful views of the Chisos mountains. Our vision is to network with other supportive centers fostering the creation and distribution of free-range art.

News, Events, Video, Research

TTT in Town-to-Town Dances

My textural threading  practice includes dancing in public spaces. Sometimes there’s interaction with people in these spaces. Sometimes video art is made from dances in commons, sidewalks, athletic […]

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ROAM

Roam is a video with combined footage from compositions at GLINT residency and sessions shot in a state park in Big Bend. The technical process of how the footage is layered […]

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Deep Embodiment (DE) – To discover how to access movement before it becomes dance.

Deep Embodiment (DE) is the practice of carefully excavating and experimenting with corporeal information immediately available in the body/field. Attuning to active potentials leads to interaction rooted in dynamic being. […]

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Artist Statement

I perform and make videos that sensitize the public to our bounty – as beings inhabiting time and space. I invite phenomena defined by me as timeless, transformative forces- to work through the body. In-between, Muse touches into intersections of design. I cultivate an embodied imagination which inadvertently opposes corporate directed roles as passive, consumer citizens. I believe our greatest wealth lies within. My process embraces the intrinsic value of  “information” accessible in and around the body/field. My interest in the mercurial nature of us humans as evidenced by our adaptability and being arguably 85% water, roots my work in an ever changing constellation of variables.

I find it meaningful to make work that inspires experiential inhabiting, defies the dominate paradigm and supports being in the world. Ultimately, this work is part of the larger conversation and the directive to un-encumber, decolonize and activate…us.

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Our Team

Leralee Whittle
choreographer, video artist, performer, administrator, builder of GLINT
Paul Sprawl
collaborator, composer, consultant, builder of GLINT
Old Red
mover of stuff too heavy to move // I'm a 1952 Allis-Chalmers with a farmhand F-11 after market front loader. I help build residency spaces at GLINT.

Services

Stacking
We stack rocks, lumber and cds, so artists have a place to make their work and music is distributed.
Momentum
Join us in the race to save art.
Development
We develop quality art based on many decades of commitment in our respective fields.
Writings and Research
Most Americans don't know what kind of research goes into intelligent dance, but some Europeans do.
Social
We love you.
Design
All day long...whether building, choreographing, creating videos, writing, planning a tour, reaching out to audiences, planting a garden...
PLAY
A generative activity... We like to. Do you?