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Frantic Beauty

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world premiere
Sep 14—Sep 17, 2017
RUN TIME: 1hr 15min
This event is presented by LEIMAY. BAM house, ticketing, and membership policies may not apply. 
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Thursday September 14, 2017
Performances no longer available.

Performance Direction, Visual Design, and Concept: Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya

“Ximena and Shige's work is unique and powerful. It feels very ancient and very contemporary – a rare balance. It allows for a freedom of the mind”
—Robert Wilson
“The choreography sets stillness against motion with skill... surreal power...”
—BRIAN SEIBERT, The New York Times on Becoming -Corpus

The World Premiere of Frantic Beauty marks LEIMAY’s return to BAM Fisher for the third installment of their BECOMING pentalogy. Co-conceived, designed, and directed by Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and featuring the LEIMAY Ensemble, this original dance theater work reflects on society’s pursuit of and relationship to beauty. In Frantic Beauty, the multidisciplinary duo navigates this intricate thematic terrain by engulfing the audiences in trembling images, layering striking physicality and textured video landscapes, lushly scored by the Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards).

Frantic Beauty is accompanied by a publication that reflects on the themes of the work.

Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya are the duo behind CAVE, the New York Butoh Festival, and the Williamsburg SOAK festival. Comprising photography, video art, installation, and dance—and often involving interdisciplinary collaborations and training projects, LEIMAY’s sculptural, video, and light installations and contemporary performances are rooted in the body, integrating instinct-grounded choreographies and mesmerizing environments.

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Choreography: Ximena Garnica, Shige Moriya, with the LEIMAY Ensemble
Composer: Jeff Beal
Costume Design: Ximena Garnica and Irena Romendik
LEIMAY Ensemble: Masanori Asahara, Krystel Copper, Derek DiMartini, Omer Ephron, Mario Galeano
Rehearsal Assistants: Adi Eytan, Mary Lowman
Frantic Beauty Publication Editor: Maddie Winchester
Producer: LEIMAY
Production Team: Riley O’Rourke, Kinshasa Peterson, Drew Weinstein, Remy Litvin

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World Premiere and Opening Night Party 

Thurs, September 14, post-show

Tickets to opening night plus reception are available here.

Celebrate the opening of Frantic Beauty and the launch of the accompanying publication. The evening includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and special guest performances.

Publication Release 

Procure a signed pre-sale copy of a limited edition artifact publication illuminating multiple views on Frantic Beauty here.

Post-Show Talk: Audience Roundtable 

Fri, Sep 15 (following the performance)

Free for same-day ticket holders

LEIMAY invites audience members to discuss the performance in a moderated conversation.


Pre-Show Talk: Tracing the Art 

Sat, Sep 16, 6:30pm

Free for same-day ticket holders

Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya share the inspirations and philosophies that shape their work.

LEIMAY LUDUS What a Body Can Do 

Sun, Sep 17, 12pm BAM Fisher

Tickets available for $25 here.

In this two-hour class, experience LEIMAY LUDUS and find out what makes their dancers' flesh transform and their voices and spirit resonate.

Closing Night Toast  

Sun, Sep 17 post-show

Admittance for Closing Night Toast ticket holders

Toast to LEIMAY’s BAM return and celebrate the world premiere of Frantic Beauty with the artists.

Tickets available for $10 here.