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, theater and installation art. Works range from photography, to video art, art installations, dance-theater pieces, inter-disciplinary collaborations and training projects.
LEIMAY is a made-up word based on a Japanese term meaning the moment of change (as in the moment between darkness and the light at dawn; also the time of change between eras.
LEIMAY is a project of the experimental and contemporary art and performance space known as CAVE.
Ximena Garnica (b. 1981) is a Colombian-born interdisciplinary choreographer, director and artist based in New York. She received a B.A. in theater arts with a minor in multimedia studies from the City College of New York. In 2006 she graduated from Akira Kasai’s Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo. Ximena is active as a curator and producer. She has been awarded with the 2010 Bessie Schonberg Individual Choreographers Residency at the Yard and has been recognized with the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship for young Hispanic directors in New York. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in Japan, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and Colombia. She is Co Director of the Brooklyn base art space CAVE and of The New York Butoh Festival. Currently she teaches at P.H.T.S, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama. Other teaching credits included master classes and lectures at Denison University, Skidmore College, DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota. She is currently on the Junior Advisory Board of Dance NYC. Ximena’s performance explorations have led her to travels in Poland and Denmark. She lives in Brooklyn and leads ongoing training in dance and performance at CAVE.
Shige Moriya is a Japanese born video and installation artist. He studied architecture at Kinki University in Osaka. Moriya has been active as a curator and producer. In 1996 he co-founded CAVE as a space for the development of experimental and interdisciplinary art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His solo work has been presented in Japan, Finland, Vietnam, Spain, Germany and the US. Shige received the 2009 Armani Design Award through the Robert Wilson Watermill Center. He has received fellowship and residencies from the Ford Foundation, the Puffing Foundation and the Hanoi Contemporary Art Center.