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About | Leralee Whittle / F O R C E S

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, Andy Warhol Visual Arts Foundation, Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum, Kansas City, MO, 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.

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

WHITEY (in progress)

 The noble act of making art in the wild Chihuahauan desert is upended into the farcical by natural forces and a growing political conscience. Decolonizing minds and bodies is […]

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Video // Town-to-Town Dances at Balmorhea | Watering Hole

A site-specific dance at a desert oasis off the interstate inspires rare conversation between strangers. In “Watering Hole” multiplicity and poetics in dance making are juxtaposed with how […]

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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) // Attuning to potentials in the body/field leads to interaction rooted in dynamic being. DE hones the “relational body” by accessing information in the body/field and relating […]

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Artist Statement

I find it meaningful to make work that inspires experiential inhabiting 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. I perform and make videos that sensitize the public to our bounty – as beings inhabiting time and space. I invite phenomena- as timeless, transformative forces- to work through the body. 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.

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
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?