Performance Instillation
By Leimay: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya
June 10 – 24th 2011

The LAB (for installation + performance art) is pleased to present Uncovering, a performance installation by LEIMAY, led by the creative duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya. Uncovering is an exploration into the paradox between fear and ambition; how it affects the individual and helps define society. This two part piece will take place over the course of a two week run on the corner of 47th and Lex.

For the first week, June 10-16, LEIMAY collaborates with Tijuana born, New York based draftsman and artist Hugo Crosthwaite and an international group of New York based performers and Butoh dancers. This is a durational dance-drawing-installation that will take place 4-8pm each night; reflecting on how society’s hierarchical views of success are dominated by fear of failure.

Through a series of daily performances, the residue of sweat and movement produced by the performers will gradually expose a large scale mural-engraving hidden behind white cloth sheeting. The performance will challenge the viewer to explore the confrontation between our collective values and individual self discovery, bringing to the forefront the ephemeral nature of life.

Performed by Yamasaki Ami, Taj Black, Ximena Garnica, May-Lee Hollis, Theresa Maragio, Liz McAuliffe, Denisa Musilova, Hiram Pines, Rachel Richman, Julie Spodek and Alex Vizzi.

For the second week of Uncovering, June 19-24, the space will once again be transformed by a daily five hour solo performance by Ximena Garnica. Exploring the innate struggle that exists between the creation of self-protective mechanisms, she will publicly confront the challenge of removing them. Each day, Garnica will go through the same process of shedding liquid latex skin-moulds of her body, letting them accumulate in the space, eventually leaving her exposed, naked and vulnerable.

Performers Part Two: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya

Throughout both parts of the installation a collection of sound vignettes by Jeremy Slater and Roland Toledo will be played. They are based on recordings of the sounds generated during the production period of this piece.

Over the two weeks, Uncovering will progress from a collective confrontation of the many, struggling in a frantic society, to the single reconciliation of the individual who by exploring her personal fear, causes the revitalization of humanity.

LEIMAY is the parapluie for Ximena Garnica art works, Shige Moriya art works and the collaboration work between these two artists at the intersection of dance, performance, and installation art. LEIMAY is currently in residency at HERE Arts Center. Their work has been developed in residencies at the Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the New Hazlett Theater, the National Museum of Dance, and Hanoi Contemporary Arts Center. They have received fellowships and grants support from the Ford Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The Urban Artist Initiative (UAI/NYC), The Asian American Arts Alliance, and the Japan Foundation. Their work has been recognized with the Armani Design Award of the Watermill Center for Shige Moriya and the Bessie Schonberg Individual Choreographers Residency Award of the Yard and the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship for young hispanic directors in New York for Ximena Garnica. LEIMAY is a project of the experimental and contemporary art and performance space known as CAVE. www.leimay.org

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