Leralee Whittle is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer, choreographer and teacher. She’s creator and performer of Lee Lee et Le Bus, a weekly show/video cast combining art, education and comedy on topics of embodiment, empathy, relationships, health, reverence and irreverence in life and art practices.
Whittle was a touring dance & video artist with Musician Paul Sprawl (2005-2018), performing multi-media productions and intimate performances in diverse venues. She trained and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1990-2005, performing for Anouk van Djick, Nita Little, Rosy Simas, Regina DeCosse, Tandy Beal, Scott Wells and others. Extensive studies with luminaries, as well as her own choreographies and research are the foundational work of her approaches to performance, dance, somatics and choreographic video art.
Embodiment Field culminates three decades of research, performing and teaching. Leralee Whittle held a dance, somatics and healing practice for 13 years in the Santa Cruz and San Francisco, Ca. During that time she was a lead collaborator with Nita Little in relational intelligence research and performance. Besides dance she also trained in Physical Theater, Taoist Chi Kung, Energy Medicine, Acupressure, Shiatsu and Process Oriented Psychology.
Leralee Whittle created Somatic-Field Coherence and (un) Threading Dance to teach internationally. She’s been a guest teacher at Wayne State University, Performance Works NW and FLOCK, Portland, OR, Counterpulse, San Francisco, Sudstern Jam, Berlin, The Cowels Center, Minneapolis and more.
Her work has been experienced in theaters, galleries, dance studios, living rooms, and as public art in parks and sports facilities. She’s been presented in Dinamiche Scomposte Festival, Italy, Twin Cities Film Festival, Twin Cities/Montreal Choreographer Exchange, PWNW, Portland, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, CAPSULE, KCMO, Rosy Simas Danse/ Southern Theater, Minneapolis, UCP, KCMO, and Aria, Barcelona. She is the recipient of a public art commission, 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).