SITES: a journey

March 24, 2018

Stephanie Leathers will be performing March 24, 1-8PM.

This will be a traveling performance through Durham, starting at East Campus and ending at One City Center, visiting all sites performed in over the years.

Full map of journey coming soon! Come see or join me in this day-long experience! The more the merrier!

Instagram: @sundaysites

Twitter: SSites
 

SITES featuring __________________.

 

For over seven years now, choreographer, photographer, and performance artist Stephanie Leathers has been investigating the rapid changes of development through SITES, an ongoing SITE-responsive series in Durham and surrounding communities. How are we present with others (community) and ourselves? How do we illuminate tensions between the human body and the civic landscape we're so rapidly revising?

 

SITES invites artists of ALL types to share their voice in the ongoing investigation! There are no limits.

 

 

'cilia' at Guest Room

Friday, September 22 from 7-9 pm AND Saturday, September 23 from 5-7 pm.

Sunday SITES will perform “cilia” featuring artist Stephanie Leathers (curator of Sunday SITES). This performance takes place in coordination with the opening of FRAGMENTS by Gert Scheerlinck.

Leathers will stir the air with movement and questions that send bodies into motion. This highly improvisational endurance performance will utilize available space, textiles and the natural landscape to evoke questions about how we are present with others (community) and ourselves?


 

SITES on a FRIDAY... AGAIN! 

Join Sunday SITES for an evening of performance featuring artist Stephanie Leathers (curator of Sunday SITES) and musician, Tom Rau. In addition to their live performance, Stephanie's photography (documenting Durham) will be on display for Third Friday through October. Leathers and Rau will share the process of its creation by way of movement, sound and questions that send bodies into motion. How are we present with others (community) and ourselves? How do we illuminate tensions between the human body and the civic landscape we're so rapidly revising? 

Audience members are encouraged to move through, observe and interact with the performers. Level of involvement is up to the viewer.

Leathers and Rau will perform this work at Sarus Festival the following weekend. Come see what's happening! Cheer them on! Have a cocktail and hang or whatevs! 

Project Seed Grant for Sunday SITES

July 31, 2019

What an honor to receive this grant from VAE!

 

Performance Exhibition Project Seed Grant

As a part of the Under Pressure: Performance Exhibition, VAE gave away two grants to artists whose work is performance based and are looking for resources to begin new projects, further their current practice, and continue their creativity. 

TRDP Season

April 13, 2018

Thrilled to be among the panel for Tobacco Road Dance Productions this season! Thanks for having me TRDP!

CHECK THEM OUT!

Tobacco Road Dance Productions produces, supports, and encourages local dance in North Carolina’s Triangle region. Our annual concert provides area choreographers the opportunity to present their work in a fully produced and marketed performance. Each presenting choreographer works with a team of professionals to evaluate and improve their dance-making and writing skills. We provide networking and mentorship opportunities for emerging choreographers and dancers by involving established professionals in the adjudication and feedback process. Tobacco Road Dance Productions develops greater quality in local dance by engaging participants of all experience levels throughout the entire creative process. The presentation of a shared show creates performance opportunities that might otherwise reach beyond individuals’ financial and audience outreach capabilities and provides further incentive for young artists to remain in our growing artist community.

 

The Tobacco Road Dance Productions annual concert is an event that dance lovers can look forward to attending each year to enjoy our strongest local dance works. We hope that the audience will discover new choreographers to follow within the community, and that they will enjoy the variety of the showcase. We further hope that the growth of a richer arts foundation will engender a stronger community to support local businesses. Tobacco Road Dance Productions strives to benefit not only the dance artists who call this region home, but also the community they love.

photo courtesy of TRDP

Sunday SITES at SARUS FESTIVAL

September 22, 2017

Excited to be joining SARUS FESTIVAL this September!

 

SARUS Festival represents an opportunity to come together as a community and discuss important issues, to express ourselves, to nourish community-wide empathy and communication, to challenge ourselves to open our minds, to play and create more happiness, to support critical thinking, to be a human being that respects all creatures, and to consider our actions before acting. 
​Art is not a hobby, it is an important voice in our evolution.

pc: Jade Wilson

Sunday SITES performs "cilia"

August 25, 2017

Sunday SITES will perform "cilia" a traveling performance featuring artist Stephanie Leathers (curator of Sunday SITES).

Leathers will stir the air with movement and questions that send bodies into motion, starting at CCB plaza and working their way downtown towards Empower Dance Studio on Parrish Street. This traveling endurance performance is meant to conjure up questions about how we are present with others (community) and ourselves?

Audience members are encouraged to move through, observe and interact with the performers. Level of involvement is up to the viewer.

pc: Daniel Hosterman
 

Site-Specific Dance Intensive

August 07, 2017

Join me and ADF for a week long summer dance camp held in a welcoming and non-competitive environment. Students will participate in a variety of classes taught by expert faculty to expand their knowledge and understanding of dance!

Check out the details: americandancefestival.org

pc: Chris Cherry

Sunday SITES on a Friday

August 04, 2017

Join Sunday SITES for an evening of performance featuring artist Stephanie Leathers (curator of Sunday SITES), Tom Rau and Alec Ferrell. Stephanie's work "slit" is currently on display in the gallery. Leathers, Rau and Ferrell will share the process of its creation by way of movement, sound and questions that send bodies into motion.

Stay for a brief Q&A with the artist after the performance!

This performance is part of "Truth to Power 5" on view until August 6.

pc: Tim Walter

Indy Week

"slit' at Truth to Power 5

July 21, 2017

Truth to Power 5

“Truth to Power” is a juried exhibit focusing on matters of social justice. Juried by Pedro Lasch of Duke University, this exhibit marks Pleiades Gallery’s fifth annual show on this topic. The title, derived from a 1955 Quaker pamphlet, “Speak Truth to Power” illustrates a commitment to voicing our diverse truths to the systems and individuals shaping the society in which we live.

Exhibition Dates
Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, August 6

Juror Statement, by Pedro Lasch:

The issue of power in this juried exhibition is seen through an intentionally broad set of angles, media, and political viewpoints. Some of the artworks speak truth to power in direct ways, through strong statements or overt political positions. Others make space for poetic confrontations, obscure or idiosyncratic references, and the expressive manifestations of materials and objects. Most importantly, the idea of speech through art has put an extra focus on works with a clear artistic voice. The artists in this show come from a very diverse set of backgrounds. While their individual voices show very different characters and sensibilities, we believe they all have something important to say, and have found powerful ways of saying it.

 

VALVE at UNDER PRESSURE

July 21, 2017

Sunday SITES performs "Valve" for an entire day at VAE Raleigh. Stephanie Leathers (dancer) and Tom Rau (musician) will fill the space with movement, sound and questions that send bodies into motion. How are we present with others (community) and ourselves? How do we illuminate tensions between the human body and the civic landscape we're so rapidly revising? When vast construction cranes hover ominously over every corner, how do move among them?

Audience members are encouraged to move through, observe and interact with the performers. Level of involvement is up to the viewer. There is no right or wrong.

This performance is part of UNDER PRESSURE, a monthlong of endurance performance hosted by VAE.

pc: Kim Gray

THIS IS NOT A NOVEL

March 03, 2017

THIS IS NOT A NOVEL is an installation and work of theater created by The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern of Durham. Three buildings in the Scrap Exchange’s ReUse Arts Center will be transformed by over 40 artists and live performers into a delirious playscape for adults. Roaming wherever audience members choose, an audio play adapted from the novels of David Markson will be downloaded to their cell phones to accompany live action drama, film, dance and visual art combined in an utterly singular, dreamlike experience.

pc: Bernard Thomas

a roaming multimedia installation and performance

 

Home: the metamorphosis, begins at 109 West Parrish Street, ends at 806 West Main Street, and uses spaces in between. Leathers and performers Alison Lloyd, Kristin Taylor and Sydney Vigotov will guide the audience through each site, helping them explore Durham through the lens of local development and sustainability. Home will be a fully immersive experience, incorporating multiple modes of art—minimal sound, projections, and visual art— layers of history, and the added dimension of audience participation.

Home: the metamorphosis builds on Leathers’s long-term SITES project, which began in 2012 as a photographic journey, an attempt to rediscover Durham when Leathers gravitated back to her hometown after time in Chicago and New York City. Over the years, artists and others have helped Leathers illuminate tensions between the human body and the civic landscape we’re so rapidly revising. When vast construction cranes hover ominously over us on every corner, how do we move among them? Where do our bodies fit in this emerging city? Leathers merges art forms to evoke the nervous system’s response to infrastructural change. Her dancers measure decay, renovation, capital and human gravity, and bring the ever expanding world back to a human scale. Beside her people, bulldozers look small.

Besides her dancers, Leathers collaborates with a variety of visual artists, including Daria Drake, Brian Livingstone, Chris Cherry, and Jonathan Haller. Composer and musician Jon Le Sueur (J La) creates the original score for this work.

 

Location and Tickets

109 West Parrish and 806 West Main are both first floor and wheelchair accessible. Audience members are encouraged to find parking near  806 West Main or between the sites. Audience and performers will use Durham’s Bull City Connector to travel between sites. Seating is limited. Audience members should be prepared to stand and walk during the performance. Tickets ($15) available via Eventbrite 

Explore our changing city with Stephanie Leathers and her dancers in Home: the metamorphosis

Clarion Content

"Quadrants" at The Durham/Viget

The performance will take place on the Viget roof, with audiences on The Durham’s rooftop. There is no admission charge. This is an ideal chance to sample Stephanie’s work ahead of her full-length premiere of Home: the Metamorphosis (November 10-12, 2016). 

Read about it here: 

Herald Sun

INDY week 

SITES

A site-specific investigation, artistic collaboration and community conversation on the theme of development. Find us performing in SITES around Durham.

SCOPE at VAE

June 03, 2016

 

SCOPE 2016: the southern landscape

Opening reception June 3, 6-10pm

Main Gallery

 

An annual exhibition featuring landscape works. 

47 pieces by 41 artists.

Stop by VAE in Raleigh to check it out!

 

 

 

Dance + Flash Chorus

May 23, 2016

Come "Rock Your Body" with RAD and Flash Chorus!

Monday, May 23 @ 7pm

More info here!

dePARTure

May 10, 2016

Dance Company Concert

Riverside High School

Tuesday, May 10 @ 7pm

 

Durham Art Walk + PROMPTS

April 30, 2016

Sydney Vigotov and I will be sharing movement from recent explorations in Alley Twenty Six's courtyard. Stop by to see what we're moving about. 

 

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Safety Release Workshop

March 25, 2016

Come move with me! 

Capitol Movement 

Washington, D.C. 

 

 

Responding

February 21, 2016

What makes you move? Movement on the theme of development. 

 

Let's go somewhere

Photograph featured by Langly Camera Bags 

 

"It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others... Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion's questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity."

- Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

lines

February 11, 2016

Durham Under Development

A juried exhibit presented by Pleiades Gallery 

 

This photo was taken on the corner of Ninth and Green Street in Durham, which I walk/drive on a daily basis. Over the past couple of years, I've had the pleasure of watching this new construction take shape and this stage of the process caught my attention more so than any other. At first, I was slightly put off by its large scale, as it towered above other buildings, presenting a sort of dominance in comparison to establishments that found their home in Old West Durham, years ago. However, seeing the outline of this structure, above all, made me curious about how (the ever expanding) Durham will continue to fill spaces between. This incomplete structure, with all of its lines and unfilled spaces, reminded me of the strong sense of connection this city exudes, even while undergoing so many changes. 

 

walls

Contemporary South 2016

Visual Art Exchange

Raleigh, NC

Phone Home Durham

Photography exhibition at Power Plant Gallery.

Photos exhibited were added to the Archives of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University.

 

 

document durham

Exhibition featuring Durham photography.

Joe Van Gogh 

Durham and Chapel Hill, NC

Jan - Feb 2015

surrealism to absraction: a creative transformation

Interview with artist Louise Francke. 

 

Check out the story and photos.  

Healey's whimsical art provokes bold thought

My take on Elizabeth Healey's work

Publishded via News & Observer. 

Read the story here

Passion and Process: Woven Layers by Pati Reis

My take on the work of artist Pati Reis

Published via News & Observer

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