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About | Leralee Whittle

 

Bio // Leralee Whittle’s body of work in performance, dance, somatics and video art is rooted in relational aesthetics. She trained extensively in American, European, African dance. In her native region of San Francisco she engaged in a decade long collaboration with Nita Little (cross-genre ensemble improvisation and contact improvisation) and continues to perform instant composition for one musician and one dancer abroad with musician/composer Paul Sprawl. She’s choreographed ensembles and has performed solo for audiences in the Western states, the Midwest and in Europe. Her work has garnered support from both foundations and diverse venues- from international dance festivals to intimate visual art venues, music festivals and public commons and people’s homes. Her works been presented in festivals: Dinamiche Scomposte/Teatro di Limonae, Italy, The Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, and The Twin Cities/Montreal Choreographer Exchange, Minneapolis, MN and venues: PWNW, Portland, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, Starlight Theatre, Terlingua, TX, Urban Culture Project, KC, MO, The 418 Project, Santa Cruz, Ca and Aria, Barcelona. Leralee Whittle is a recipient of Project Space Residency, Counterpulse, SF (2017) and a grant from PLRAC/McKnight for video, MN (2017) and dance grants from Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA, Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum, Kansas City, MO and Puffin Foundation, New Jersey.

She teaches Instant Composition and J ((( ))) Y Embodiment. She’s taught workshops at such dance venues as FLOCK, Portland, OR, Sudstern Jam, Berlin, 418 Project, Santa Cruz, OR and Cowell’s Center, Minneapolis.

 

Some of the year we make time-based art at GLINT artist residency in the Chihuahuan desert in Big Bend, at the border of Mexico. We’re based in Minnesota and perform our work in the states and abroad. We’re interested in building a network with supportive individuals and organizations.

News, Events, Video, Research

J ((())) Y SESSIONS // new dance, performance + video

A series of solo and group performances explore aesthetic practices as a means of transforming superficial amusement into substantive, embodied joy.  New dance is juxtaposed with political awareness of […]

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2017 News

J ((()))) Y Embodiment and Performance will be in Residence at Project Space, Counterpulse, SF in Dec. POSITION was selected for The Twin Cities Film Festival and we […]

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WHITEY // A Short Film

  WHITEY takes the viewer into the world of “the embodied imagination” in search of the vital, the real and an ethical compass. Filmed in the untamable Chihuahauan […]

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Tools for Instant Composition

Textural Threading Technique (TTT) is a generative dance modality for synthesizing emergent dance, vocabulary rooted in one’s personal dance history and contemporary entries to dancing. TTT draws from […]

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Artist Statement

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I perform and make videos that sensitize the public to our bounty – as beings inhabiting time and space. I cultivate an embodied imagination and root my work in a changing constellation of variables. I create a spectrum of work for stage and video that often entertains the dichotomy of being a part of and apart from nature- with responses in new dance, humor, commentary or risk. I hold tension between embodied ritual and choreography with a mission to both decolonize and embody the imagination. I try to make worthwhile, cogent work and hope my romance with technology isn’t for representing life, but for balancing the power of the imagination with the real, as in elemental, present and whole.

My video art is an intersection between visual art, dance/movement and theater for the camera and experimental video. I layer subjects of varying color, density, intensity and texture with painterly new media techniques against dynamic spaces- to illuminate and contrast two worlds- one in which “everyday” linear time and space is experienced and one in which “multiplicities” and blurred boundaries between time, space, self and other are perceived. In the process, political insight emerges in conjunction with a questioning mode, as non-linear story fragments integrate with the physical image to cogently connect the body, imagination and concepts within both concrete and mercurial habitats that reflect being.

I continue to make work in 2017 because it’s important to me to be an author of a body of work in which I draw from the decades I’ve invested in the integration of visual, kinesthetic and auditory aesthetic experiencing.

I know video is a draw in contemporary society. It speaks to people, but what does it say and how? I’m interested in appealing to the senses in nuanced ways with my videos. I often use repetition rather than sensationalism to encourage deeper focus and the space for the viewer to think new thoughts. I invite people into worlds where the imagination is rooted in the body and the senses flourish. Body-based and time-based work have made their way into visual art spaces in order to heighten the sensitivity of the viewer. I aim to do this with my videos.

I believe inspiring the citizenry to acknowledge the bounty we’ve been given can bridge the gap between who and how we are and who and how we want to be. Being in closer touch with ourselves, our ideals, works towards empathetic and ethical living. In a process of connecting dots, critical thinking and inquiry emerge, naturally. I try to hold the tension between these things while giving the viewer a direct and real aesthetic experience.

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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
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Development
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Writings and Research
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Design
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