LIVE is Kristopher Apple, Dina Apple, Liam Clancy, Anya Cloud, Ron Estes, Eric Geiger, Jess Humphrey, Karen Schaffman, and Leslie Seiters. Former members include Mary Reich, Yolande Snaith, Blair Robert Nelson, Allyson Green, Justin Morrison (founding member and frequent guest).
Tim Richards photographs all LIVE performances.
Kristopher Apple is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans the fields of electroacoustic music, contact improvisation, and sound poetry. Apple makes his living as a violinist composing and performing music for dance and has performed in Europe and extensively throughout the west coast including Ensenada, Tijuana, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Since 2007 he has served as studio faculty for the San Diego State University School of Music and Dance where he accompanies dance classes and is the technical director for the dance theater. Apple has participated in LIVE since 2008 and in 2011 cofounded Odd&Even, a collaborative music and dance ensemble. In 2010 he received a Meet the Composers grant for his work with thePGKproject. Apple is a member of the Grey Pony Writers Guild, and his poetry is published in Furniture: poems & stories (Sheridan Press). He is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies and researching intersections and composites of music, dance, and poetry in performance art.
Liam Clancy has been creating, performing and collaborating at the intersection of contemporary dance, dance improvisation and theater since 1996. His work has been performed in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and internationally at festivals in Mexico, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Germany and France. In 2005 he joined the Theatre and Dance faculty at UC San Diego.
Anya Cloud is a dance maker, performer and teacher. Originally from the wilds of Alaska and Montana, she is currently based in San Diego, CA. Anya’s research works to access the range of the moving body, to find realness, to engage artifice, and to invite questioning- collaboration and contextualization are central to her understanding of artistry. Anya is a Lecturer in Dance at California State University San Marcos, teaches contact improvisation nationally and is a member of LIVE. She also dances with Leslie Seiters/little known dance theatre and is collaborating on several projects with national and international colleagues. Anya holds an MFA in Dance Theatre from the University of California San Diego and undergraduate degrees in Dance and Liberal Studies from the University of Montana. www.anyacloud.com
Ron Estes I have audienced, discussed, considered and offered up movement-centered performance for a good while. While I don’t consider CI itself a performative form, practicing, studying and teaching CI in the U.S. as well as in Europe on occasion, has richly informed how I make sense, make community, imagine possibility, collaborate and take action. The influence over time of extraordinarily skilled friends who perform and make dance can’t be overstated. My actions and identity connected to “dance” would not be without them. I’ve lucked out to have collaborated with leslie seiters/ little known dance theater for over a decade. I co-founded LIVE as well as the San Diego Monday night CI class and Jam at Stage 7.
Eric Geiger I make dances and collaborate with other artists. Making connections within my body and with other bodies helps me to navigate through, interact with, and attempt to make sense of the world around me. My values around performance and dance have been deeply influenced by my experiences in performing works by and collaborating with artists such as Bill T. Jones, William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, Angelin Preljocaj, Nancy McCaleb, Sarah Shelton Mann, Deborah Hay and collaborative dance theatre, LIVE. Alongside Karen Schaffman, I’m also the Co-Artistic Director of PADL West, a laboratory for performance, art, and dance and I guide classes at the University of California, San Diego around the possibilities of what dance is and can be.
Jess Humphrey is a dancer, dance maker, teacher, and Laban/Bartenieff movement analyst. She has an MFA in Modern Dance (with a focus on contact improvisation and creative process) from the University of Utah and a BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. An intensive study with Deborah Hay in 2009 changed her life and continues to inspire her every move. She is currently studying meditation, Body-Mind Centering®, and Integral Theory and performing/making dances with Leslie Seiters/Little Known Dance Theater and Eric Geiger. She has also worked with Gabor Tompa, Sara Shelton Mann, Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s La Pocha Nostra, gogovertigoat in the work of eunkyungkim, Nugent Dance and bodytalk dance in Los Angeles, and Core Dance Theatre in Idaho. In 2002, she certified in Pilates with Karen Clippinger and Rael Isocowitz (Body Arts and Sciences, International). Jess continues to learn by teaching at San Diego State University. She also teaches contact improvisation and co-facilitates the weekly Contact jam in San Diego at Stage 7 School of Dance. She is married to Ron Humphrey and mother to Hazel Bee.
Karen Schaffman is a life-long dancer. Her research explores sensorial perception, memory, and the politics of transgression. Karen is interested in witnessing bodies, both everyday and spectacular, in curious states of investigation. She pursues paradox and the agency of vulnerability as means to disrupt cultural norms of performativity.
Cal State San Marcos
Leslie Seiters studied visual art as an undergraduate at Kenyon College, received an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and is currently training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner at Feldenkrais Center in San Diego. Since 2002 she has directed Leslie Seiters/little known dance theater, an art-making entity now based in San Diego. She also co-directs lean-to-productions with long-time collaborator Rachael Lincoln and is part of an improvisation practice/performance collective we call LIVE. Leslie’s work has been presented in Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Indonesia and throughout the States. She has received San Francisco’s “izzie” awards in both choreography and visual design and has received grants from the Zellerbach Family Fund, CASH Grants, as well as residencies at ODC Theater, CounterPULSE Theater, the Djerassi Foundation, Purdue University and Goucher College. Leslie has primarily lived/worked on the west coast and has performed with Sara Shelton Mann/Contraband, Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions, Dandelion DanceTheater, Bebe Miller, Scott Wells, Knee Jerk Project, Mary Armentrout, Abby Crain, Body Cartographers, and Jess Curtis/Gravity Physical Entertainment