New Research in Dance - MATERIALITY. Ximena Garnica. In-Between-States

UC RIVERSIDE Department of Dance
New Research in Dance Studies: In-Tension-Ally-Ties
Coordinated by Jacqueline Shea Murphy    Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, Assistant Coordinator


Speaker: Ximena Garnica
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, UC Riverside
In this talk artist, choreographer and director Ximena Garnica discusses the questions of being, perception, interdependency, and coexistence that ground her collaborative work.

Discussant: Luis Lara Malvacías
Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, UC Riverside

November 28, 2018
Wednesday, 4:10-6:00 pm
Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102 (Athletics and Dance Building)
Free and open to the campus

In this talk, artist, choreographer and director Ximena Garnica discusses the questions of being, perception, interdependency, and coexistence that ground her collaborative work with multidisciplinary artist Shige Moriya and their LEIMAY Ensemble.
Our work is rooted in questions of being, perception, interdependency, and coexistence. We look to expose the multiplicity of spatial and temporal intervals that exist within the body, between materials and environments. We are curious about the permeability of the limits that create these intervals. We reflect on how we could dwell, transgress, care for, or shift these limits with the hope of inhabiting an elusive domain of infinite potential. In this talk, I will focus on our interest in an ambiguous body, the in-between-space, and the force which surfaces when our Japanese and Colombian cultural identities collide, dismantling our notions of self and belonging, dissolving social norms and systems of beliefs, and compelling us to connect with each other from the fragmented self.

Ximena Garnica is a Colombian born multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, artistic director, and artistic programmer. She works collaboratively with her partner, Japanese born artist Shige Moriya; with him, she is the co-founder and artistic co-director of the LEIMAY Ensemble and the LEIMAY arts organization. Through LEIMAY she has been spearheading a variety of artistic programs which include international and local performance festivals, presenting and exhibition series, residencies, fellowships, and educational projects. The LEIMAY Ensemble is a group of five dancers who work regularly throughout the year creating body-rooted works and developing the LEIMAY LUDUS practice.

Her collaborative works have manifested in live performances, publications, research projects, sculptural, video, light, and mixed-media installation art. Her work is concerned with space, the body, materials, and time; it exists in different domains, from proscenium settings, museums, galleries, to outdoors in public spaces.

Luis Lara Malvacías is a Venezuelan choreographer and trans-disciplinary artist. His body of work has focused on ideas of transformation, multiplicity and authorship. His projects explore the interaction between dance, design, videos, installations, sound, and the visual arts, questioning preconceived ideas of choreography production and presentation. He has presented work in New York for several years and has performed worldwide, from conventional to more unconventional venues. Current projects include 26 collaborative duets with his partner Jeremy Nelson. These duets look into issues surrounding mature dance makers and inquiring into the relationship of the body thinking, the body processing, the body making, and the body performing.

Presentations are followed by dialogue with audience.
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Photo: Ximena Garnica by Pavel Antonov



Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:10pm to 6:00pm

Athletics & Dance Building, Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102
Athletics & Dance Building, Riverside, CA 92521

Event Type

Arts, Dance, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


Free and open to the campus

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