Artist Statement and Biography
I’m a tactile dancer. I make compositional choices by touching into body as mutable phenomena. I work with the relationship between social space and experiential corporeality so dances arise relationally. While composing I sense information about forces in the body’s physical and unseen systems in the body-field. It enables me to thread unknown, surprising and texturally interesting choreography while tracking an authentic relationship occurring between body-mind, Source, Field and Earth. The synthesis of personal dance history, theory, politics, somatics and the unique spaces I find, inform each choreography and video art project.
Leralee Whittle gives performative embodiment experiences in theaters, galleries, homes and public sites. 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 dance luminaries of modern dance, post modern dance, dance improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Senegalese dance, as well as her own choreographies and dance research are the foundational work of her contemporary approaches to dance, somatics and choreographic video art. Whittle was a touring dance and video artist with music collaborator Paul Sprawl from 2005-2018, performing both multi-media productions and intimate performances in a wide variety of venues. She continues to work in a variety of places and make video for on-line audiences.
Embodiment Field culminates three decades in dance, somatics, teaching, performance, video installation, research and touring. 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 performance, choreography and video have been experienced in theaters, galleries, dance studios, living rooms, and as public art, placed 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).