Frantic Beauty: An original dance-theater work by multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, scored by the Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal, featuring the LEIMAY Ensemble

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Please note: Partial nudity, bright lights, and haze are used at the beginning of the performance.

Department of Dance

Frantic Beauty
An original dance-theater work co-conceived, directed, and designed by Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, scored by the Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal, and featuring the LEIMAY Ensemble.

February 20 & 21, 2019
Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 P.M.
Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Feb 20: Responses and Process with UCR Dance faculty, PhD students and LEIMAY Ensemble members. Coordinated by PhD in Critical Dance Studies student Jose Eduardo Valades Gaitan.  
Feb 21: Interdisciplinary responses with UCR faculty across disciplines. Facilitated by artist/Dance MFA Julie Tolentino.

Frantic Beauty is an original dance-theater work which reflects on society’s pursuit of and relationship to beauty. Co-conceived, directed, and designed by Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, Frantic Beauty navigates an intricate thematic terrain by engulfing the audiences in trembling images, layering striking physicality, and textured video landscapes. It is lushly scored by the Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards) and features the LEIMAY Ensemble: Masanori Asahara, Andrea Jones, Derek DiMartini, Krystel Copper and Mario Galeano.

Lit solely by 8 video projectors, the performers throw their bodies through the air; collide and they fall while also giving way to still moments. Through the ever-evolving video projections, the stage oscillates between rhythmic, textured landscapes and fractured layers of light sweeping through the space and uncovering the performers. The score is conceived in episodic, mini-narratives which contrast still and peaceful movements with more agitated chapters. The coexistence of these two states in the score eventually comes together, as the tension of the two extremes seeks its own level and sense of balance. Frantic Beauty is the third chapter of LEIMAY’s BECOMING SERIES.

The BECOMING SERIES is a succession of multi-disciplinary works set in immersive environments and utilizing dance, theater, video projections, and live music. The series deals with matter’s constant state of becoming through growth and decay, beginnings and endings. The BECOMING SERIES is a pentalogy. Previous works in The BECOMING SERIES are Becoming-corpus, (2013) the first chapter; borders, (2016) the second; and Frantic Beauty (2017) the third.


Admission: $15.00 General, $12.00 Students

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Parking: $6.50 in Lot 6 - no fee with UC permit.
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Photo credit: Jeremy Tressler


Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya with the LEIMAY Ensemble are in residence in the UCR Department of Dance, January through March 2019.

There will be multiple opportunities to engage through embodied dialogue with the artists while they are in residency. Click here for a full listing of activities open to the UCR campus.



Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya are a Colombian and Japanese multidisciplinary artist duo. Their collaborative works manifest in live installations, performances, sculptures as well as publications, research, and community projects. Shige and Ximena are the co-founders and artistic directors of the arts organization LEIMAY and the performance group the LEIMAY Ensemble. The word LEIMAY is a Japanese term symbolizing the changing moment between darkness and the light of dawn, or the transition from one era to the other. Ximena and Shige work out of their home studio CAVE located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their work has been presented at a number of art spaces including BAM, The New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Watermill Center, HERE, Japan Society, and The Asian Museum of San Francisco. This year they have been nominated for the USA Artists Fellowship and the Herb Alpert Award. They have been part of the Bessie Schonberg Individual Choreographers Residency at the Yard, the Watermill Center Residency Programs, and the HERE Artist in Residency Program. Ximena was a recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship for extraordinary stage directors, and she is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Riverside. Her article ‘LEIMAY, CAVE, and the New York Butoh Festival’ has recently been published in The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance. In 2012 Ximena and Shige founded the LEIMAY Ensemble, a group of five international dancers and performers who hold a regular practice at their studio in Brooklyn where they engage in the creation of new work as well as on teaching, training, research, and distillation of years of direct transmission of embodied knowledge by Japanese Butoh pioneers, Noguchi Taiso practitioners, and Experimental Theater innovators. Through the work with the LEIMAY Ensemble, Ximena and Shige have developed LUDUS, a practice that explores methods to physically condition the body of the performers and cultivates sensitivity to the “in-between space.” Current ensemble members included: Masanori Asahara, Krystel Copper, Andrea Jones, Derek Dimartini and Mario Galeano.

Jeff Beal is a composer with a genre-defying musical fluidity. His film scores have received critical acclaim, while he remains a respected composer in the concert, theater, and dance worlds. Beal’s evocative score and theme for the Netflix drama House of Cards received four Emmy Award nominations and recently won for outstanding score, bringing Beal’s Emmy tally to fifteen nominations and four statues.  Other lauded series include HBO’s Carnivale and Rome. Film scores feature the documentaries Blackfish and Queen of Versailles and dramas Pollock and Appaloosa. Beal’s orchestral works have been performed by the St. Louis, Rochester, Pacific, Munich, and Detroit symphony orchestras. Commissions include works for the Metropole Orchestra, The Ying Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Henry Mancini Institute, Prism Brass Quintet, Smuin Ballet, and Grammy winner Jason Vieaux.  His first choral commission, The Salvage Men, was written for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Eric Whitacre Singers.   Music for theater includes 2015 the World Science Festival production Light Falls.


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No Reserve Seating: Seating in some venues is limited, so arrive early for best seats.
Events begin promptly at the announced curtain time.
Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate pause in the program as designated by the management.
Please order carefully. No exchanges or refunds will be made, except in the event a performance is canceled.
Regardless of age, all patrons must have a ticket. Infants on laps are not permitted.


Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Arts Building, Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Dance


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Alumni, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public




$15.00 General, $12.00 Students

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