LIVE is Kristopher Apple, Dina Academia Apple, Liam Clancy, Anya Cloud, Ron Estes, Eric Geiger, Jess Humphrey, Mary Reich, Blair Robert Nelson, Karen Schaffman, and Leslie Seiters. Former members include Yolande Snaith, Allyson Green, Justin Morrison (founding member and frequent guest), and Tim Richards (photographer…without Tim, this site would probably not exist).
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
Blair Robert Nelson is a self-described Generative Audio Designer ~ millennial generation Composer, Conductor, Sound Designer for dance, music, and theatre. His collaborations have emerged from Space 4 Art – San Diego, California State University – San Marcos, and the Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater – Los Angeles, California. Blair received a Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design from The University of California, San Diego – Department of Theatre and Dance and holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory / Composition, Cum Laude from Concordia College – Moorhead, Minnesota. www.blairrobertnelson
Mary Reich is privileged as the elder in the group, she sits on the floor much of the time now. Fast intelligent recklessness is no longer in her repertoire. Perceptional changes instead are played with by uncategorizing everything she is seeing and thinking, disrupting everything she thinks she knows which then occupies her body in new experiences. She marinates in the music of Kris and Blair and the mirror neurons fire up in her by being in the room with movement although the function of that is unclear. Sometimes she shows up. Sometimes she doesn’t. Currently, she sits her dancing and often can be seen falling through love with the members of the group.
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.
at 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