Jmy James Leary: Inner Sunset
Monday, Jun 27 2011
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Choreography, Costumes & Lighting Design: Jmy James Leary

Dancers: Erin Beneze, Rebecca Bruno, Nick Duran, Jmy James Leary, Takahiro Yamamoto

*special thank you to Julie Tolentino for dancing and advising in this process


Jmy James Leary has been in LA a year and a half, after spending her 20’s in NYC. She primarily works with MGM Grand, a dance trio with Biba Bell and Piage Martin, has danced for Neil Greenberg, Mel Wong, Sarah Michelson, Luciana Achugar, Walter Dundervill, Nancy Meehan, Stanley Love and has made work in collaboration with Eleanor Hullihan, Elizabeth Ward and Amy Granat. She runs Pieter.

Erin is a Midwestern born, east coast trained, west coast movement artist. Since moving to LA in 2007 she has had the opportunity to perform with Holly Johnston, Rae Shao Lan Blum, In/Ex Dance Project, Jillian Stein and now Jmy Leary. Her most recent dance film, Stairhead, can be seen on the Dances Made to Order website.

Rebecca’s background is a mix of various movement modalities including the Feldenkrais method, gaga, release technique, and tai chi. She has danced with Yolande Snaith’s IMAGOmoves dance theatre company and presented her own choreographies at various venues including Sushi Performance Space, San Diego and The Lab, Jerusalem, Israel. Rebecca has a bodywork practice based in Echo Park.

Nick Duran was born in California and holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked with Brian Brooks, Seán Curran, Neil Greenberg, Fiona Marcotty, Mark Morris, Dusan Tynek, and Johannes Wieland. His own choreography has been presented by Dance Theatre Workshop, MGM Grand, 3rd Ward Brooklyn Creative, DanceNow/NYC, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the University of Puerto Rico.

Tolentino key words: movement, performance, endurance, space-inhabiting, world-making, installation-building, love, dancer, durational performance, one-to-one performance, coaching, teaching, Watsu, Thai, Acupressure (Bodyworker), inside-out yoga (and Pigpen) enthusiast. She loves-working-with-Jmy/James on Inner Sunset. Bring on the blistering detail.

Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist, photographer and actor based in Los Angeles. He is a co-artistic director of madhause, presenting performance and photography projects in Colorado and California. He will be pursuing an MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Fall 2011.