Leralee Whittle is a dance, performance and digital media artist, as well as teacher. Her work is experienced in theaters, galleries, dance studios, living rooms, unique spaces and public sites.
She was a lead collaborator with Nita Little in research and instant composition 1995-2005 and with musician Paul Sprawl co-producing multi-media productions and dancing for intimate audiences 2005-2018. She performed choreography for Anouk van Dijk, Tandy Beal, Regina DeCosse and Scott Wells in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area.
Whittle’s choreography, performance and video have been presented at Dinamiche Scomposte, Italy, Twin Cities Film Festival, Twin Cities/Montreal Choreographer Exchange, PWNW, Portland, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, CAPSULE, KCMO, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, UCP, KCMO, and Aria, Barcelona. She is the recipient of a public art place making commission in MN (2018), a video and performance installation commission by Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City (2018), Project Space Residency, Counterpulse, SF (2017) and grants from PLRAC, MN (2017), KU Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS (2011) and Puffin, NJ (2011) Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA (2009).
She been a guest teacher at Wayne State University, Performance Works NW and FLOCK, Portland, OR, Counterpulse, San Francisco, Sudstern Jam, Berlin and The Cowels Center, Minneapolis.
She’s co-founder and co-builder of GLINT off-grid art spaces in Big Bend, TX, a project under construction where music, video, writing and dance are produced and in-process.
Artist statement: I make work with my methods, (Un)Threading Technique and Trans-Embodiment (movement across body systems). Before applying theoretical frameworks I consider ways the body assembles from these practices, its agency and changes in body-circuity. My dances are a combination of honing the body’s wild processes, working with internal /external forces, connecting lines in appearing/disappearing geometry and, threading action, presence and undoing. I compose in various modes whether from “trance”, preconceived concepts or letting the senses lead a collaboration with space, sound, a line on the floor or even YOU…where you find me and you and we arriving again and again… as space and time open to us…Now.
This could be a performance or a demo of me teaching. If it’s the former there will likely be video. It will highlight how similar things or phenomena are experienced in a different time and place.
Video: (Un)threading technique- instant composition