LEIMAY Fellow Feature
A time in the studio with... Jeremy Pheiffer
Preparation for the brain and the body begins during my walk to the studio from the Lorimer G. Grabbing a cup of coffee, seeing everyone in their morning routine. When I first arrive at the White Studio, I select music and begin with a sensation based warm-up, a combination of Qi Gong and Klein techniques. From there, I focus on activation of the core and the pelvis.
The geography of the space has influenced my process. To be able to create in the space I will be performing in [for SOAK] is rare, in dance. Normally, you create in the studio and then you have to imagine the parameters of the performance space. Because the White Studio is narrow when I want to really move my trajectory becomes circular or I cut through space with imagined pathways.
How do I create a situation in which I can have a profound experience in performance?
I have a physical practice, working deeply within the body, working against personal habits to find new places for my body to go. It's challenging to not focus on a product. But that's what I want [for the Fellowship] to be be able to spend time without expectation. Instead of asking myself "Can I use this?" Having faith that the practice will arrive at the performance, specifically for SOAK, allowing myself room for surprises within a live performance.
I first heard about CAVE by word of mouth within my performance community and from colleagues who study Qi Gong and other eastern movement practices. I learned about LEIMAY and their work through current LEIMAY Ensemble members and previous LEIMAY Fellows.
Learn more about Jeremy through his conectom profile!
A time in the studio with... is a platform to showcase participating artists in the LEIMAY Fellowship Program 2016-2017. Interviews and video content are created by Studio Manager Lindsey Mandolini.