LEIMAY Residency

Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre is delighted to host multidisciplinary Colombian and Japanese born artists Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya with their New York City-based LEIMAY Ensemble for a performing and teaching residency during the month of August 2021. LEIMAY will present an outdoor public art work, lead workshops and discussions that offer multiple opportunities to engage through embodied dialogue with the artists while they are in residency.

Wednesday, August 4th  6-7:30pm  |  Workshop  LEIMAY LUDUS: Dancing with the Environment For Teens & Adults (15 & Over)

Bilingual English/Spanish – Free (Registration required)  |  Outside or Dance Studio |  REGISTER HERE
What happens to our bodies when we encounter the unknown? In this class, we will experience an interplay between materials and bodies and how each is affected by the other through interdependence.   (Under age 18 free)

Friday, August 13, 2021  | Correspondences Activation Performance, Discussion and Dinner.

Special Opening Performance, Night Time Viewing with dinner pre-fixe, Cash Bar & priority seating for the Q&A following the free performance.
The Tango Cafe @ HPAC: Dinner starts at 6:30.  Activation and discussion 8:00 – 10:00 pm
$40.00.  $30 for members  |  BUY TICKETS HERE

Pre Fixe Menu:


Dinner Rolls, House or Caesar Salad


Frenched chicken with creamy polenta and seasonal vegetable vegetables
Roast pork with creamy polenta and seasonal vegetables
Miso Salmon with Jasmin Rice and seasonal vegetables


South African Malva Pudding with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Key Lime Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream

35 Minute Activation/Performance followed by a discussion with a focus on…

– How are we reshaping environmental ethics?
– What does it mean to center and then de-center human life in our understanding of the
– How do embodied practices like dance/performance/movement help us answer these

Saturday, August 14th 2021 | Correspondences Activations/Performances and Family Mini-Workshops

All Workshops are (Bilingual English/Spanish) and outdoors if weather permits. Refreshments and facilities are available.

1pm-1:35pm | Activation 1
1:50-2:05  | Mini-workshop 1
3:00-3:35  |  Activation 2
3:50pm-4:05pm  |  Mini-workshop 2
5:00-5:35  |  Activation 3
5:50-6:05  |  Mini-workshop 3
8pm-8:35  |  Activation 4

Aug 11-Sep 13  |  Correspondences -The Audience Files

A growing oral and written interactive archive for audiences to engage with over conversation by sharing their responses to questions of being, interdependence, connectivity, and environmental ethics. QR codes located at Fireman’s Park and various tables at Tango Cafe guide audiences to engage online with the work. Correspondences Audience Files will be open to the public to engage for 30 days starting a week prior to the installation launch. (August 5th, 2021)  www.correspondencesfiles.leimay.org


This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.


About Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya

Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya are a Colombian and Japanese artist duo working in the visual and performing arts fields as multidisciplinary artists, directors, choreographers, curators, and teachers. Their collaborative works include performances, sculptural, video, mixed-media, and light installations as well as photography and film projects. Ximena and Shige also invest their energy in critical research, printed and digital publications, educational activities and community projects.
Their work is rooted in questions of being,  perception, interdependency, and coexistence. They look to expose the  multiplicity of spatial and temporal intervals that exist within the body, between  materials and environments. They are curious about what emerges when the  stability of habits, affirmation of binaries, social norm expectations, and the crystallization of identity dissolve and expose the potentialities of being.

Ximena and Shige are the co-founders and co-artistic directors of the arts organization LEIMAY and the performance group the LEIMAY Ensemble. The word LEIMAY is a Japanese term symbolizing the moment of change as in the moment between darkness and the light of dawn, or the transition from one era to the other. Their work exists in different domains, from proscenium settings to museums, galleries and outdoors in public spaces such as plazas, gardens and parks.  Their works have been presented at leading arts venues such as BAM, HERE, The Brooklyn Museum, Japan Society, The Czech Center New York, The New Museum, The Watermill Center, The Asian Museum of San Francisco, Carnegie Mellon University; and in large and small public spaces such as Times Square, NYRP Community Gardens, and NYC streets, among many other spaces in the US and abroad in Japan, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Colombia.

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, and the Watermill Center Residency Program. Currently they are part of the HERE  Artist Residency Program. Ximena was a recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship for extraordinary stage directors, and she was a Distinguished Visiting  Professor at the University of California Riverside 2018-2019. Her article ‘LEIMAY, CAVE,  and the New York Butoh Festival’ was recently published in The Routledge  Companion to Butoh Performance. She is a guest faculty at MIT (2021) Sarah Lawrence College (2022).

Ximena and Shige are advocates of affordable live-work spaces and their work (2014-2019) was instrumental in affecting changes at the NY State level to protect live-work spaces in New York City.


LEIMAY produces and presents the collaborative interdisciplinary creations of its co-artistic directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, and the LEIMAY Ensemble, while offering a plethora of art programs that attract, provoke, and support exchange and generative confrontation among culturally diverse audiences and artists. The word LEIMAY is a Japanese term symbolizing the changing moment between darkness and the light of dawn or the change between one era to another.

Since its inception as one of the pioneer art spaces of Brooklyn’s underground gallery scene in the mid-90’s, through the founding and producing of international and local performance festivals, residencies, fellowships and educational projects, LEIMAY transverses artistic praxes, constantly transforming as a living organism open to new challenges, constantly re-shaping in response to internal and external dynamics.

Based out of its vibrant community arts live-work space known as CAVE, LEIMAY has a history of partnering with local and regional presenting venues, like-minded non-profit organizations, local businesses and communities to bring art to public spaces, community gardens, streets, as well as to theaters, museums and galleries. Anonymous and acclaimed geniuses from across the globe to celebrated New York artists such as Laurie Anderson, Helga Davis, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Robert Wilson have all left traces at LEIMAY’s home CAVE where Ximena, Shige, the LEIMAY Ensemble, and a rotating group of artists continue to incubate their work.

LEIMAY Ensemble Members for Correspondences at Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre:

Masanori Asahara* is a Japanese born dancer, choreographer and improvisation artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Masanori has been a core member of the LEIMAY Ensemble since 2010. He has toured, taught, and performed with the ensemble for over a decade.

Ricardo Bustamante is a Colombian born dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. He is the former sub-director and principal dancer of La Compañía Cuerpo de Indias, the professional company of El Colegio del Cuerpo, the renowned Colombian-based company directed by Álvaro Restrepo y Marie France Deliuvin. Bustamante recently moved to New York City.

Krystel Copper* is a second-generation immigrant dance artist born to parents from Argentina and Portugal. She joined LEIMAY as a member of the performance and research ensemble in 2016 for the premiere of Frantic Beauty at BAM. Krystel holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland.

Irena Romendik  is an Ukrainian visual artist based in Brooklyn for the past two decades. She has co-designed and fabricated costumes for LEIMAY’s projects for the past nine years and  performed in several LEIMAY projects. She has been a LEIMAY Fellow with her own work as a visual artist collaborating with movement-based performers. She holds degrees from Shevchenko Art School in Kiev, Pratt Institute, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Jeremy D. Slater has worked with LEIMAY in several projects since 2009, creating original soundscapes for performances and installation. He is an intermedia artist working in the areas of sound, video, computer art, performance, installation, and words. Born in Reading, England and a graduate of both SUNY College at Buffalo and School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Computer Art.

*Core LEIMAY Ensemble