Leslie Parker, photo by Nikita Francois
Leslie Parker presents Ripen: Forbidden Truth, a solo work in collaboration with visual artist Lionel Cruet. Originally commissioned by the Fresh Tracks program of New York Live Arts, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this work is movement-based immersed in juxtapositions of digital images within real time to reflect owning one’s sexuality and sensuality, having it misrepresented, misunderstood and misused.
A St. Paul, MN native, Leslie Parker is an independent contemporary dance artist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Parker has an extensive and rigorous practice organically fusing Funk, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Modern dance forms. She holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Technique & Choreography from Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Parker‘s training also encompasses dances derived from Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. Parker’s credits include New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks 2013-14 Artist in Residence, a collaboration with Nia Love’s Let The Eagles Scream at Dance Theater Workshop’s Studio Series, Harlem Stage’s EMoves13, WOW Café Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s “PEEKS “ and 38th annual “Souls of our Feet: People of Color” dance festival, The Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA), The Women’s Roseville Correctional Facility (Roseville, MN), Pillsbury House Theatre’s “Non-English Speaking Spoken Here: Late Nite Series” (Mpls., MN), and The African Diaspora flow Hip Hop Theater’s “Nightmares of JuJube” (Mpls., MN). Parker is a teaching artist for Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and a collaborator, educator, and choreographer for Penumbra Theatre Summer Institute’s activist artist program. Parker has conducted residencies, classes, and workshops for NYC Public School System, Mark Morris Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Zenon Dance Company and School, University of Minnesota, Carleton College and at various institutions widely for at-risk youth. Parker apprenticed with Urban Bush Women and performed works by Professor Nii Yartey of Ghana University, Dr. Kariamu Welsh of Kariamu and Company: Traditions, The Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel, Tania Isaac Dance, Errol Grimes, Wendy Jehlen’s Anikaya Dance Company and Sundance Multiple Performing Arts Company to name a few.
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