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 […]
About | Leralee Whittle
Leralee Whittle’s body of work in performance, dance, somatics and video art is rooted in relational aesthetics. Her dance background is comprised of extensive training in American, European, African genres, as well as visual art and experimental theater. In her native region of San Francisco she engaged in over decade long collaborations with Nita Little (cross-genre ensemble improvisation and contact improvisation) and has continued to perform instant composition for one musician and one dancer abroad with musician/composer Paul Sprawl.
She’s choreographed ensembles and has performed solo shows (with her video work included in funded performances since 2008) 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 work’s been presented in the festivals Dinamiche Scomposte/Teatro di Limonae, Italy, The Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, and The Twin Cities / Montreal Choreographer Exchange, Minneapolis, MN and venues: 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 / F O R C E S has been the recipient of grants from Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA, Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum, Kansas City, MO (Funding from Andy Warhol Visual Arts Foundation), PLRAC, Minnesota (Funding from McKnight Foundation), Puffin Foundation, New Jersey, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County and awarded a one year performance residency at Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO.
Her dancing has been featured as guest performer with musician Paul Sprawl at Tek Box, Minneapolis, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, Ca, Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti, AZ, Integrity Theater at The Farm, numerous US co-housing communities, Nashville Festival of Books, St. Petersburg Folk Festival, Super-Happy Fun Land, Houston, Plush, Tucson, Fall-Out Artist Initiative, Minneapolis.
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