LAVA, photo by Angela Jimenez

LAVA, photo by Angela Jimenez

LAVA’s latest work, Feminist Forest Training Grounds, maps an enchanted forest of physical training for a feminist future, incorporating acrobatics as a metaphor for personal strength, balance, and community support.

LAVA is a feminist acrobatic dance company. Through creative and physical practices we are shaping a vision of a future built on the grounds of balance, connection, support, respect, and inclusivity. Our movement language is built on the foundation of Chinese acrobatics, as taught to us by Master Trainer Lu Yi. Our creative process involves improvisation, talking circles and composition assignments. Our inspiration comes from the movement processes of our earth and the relationship processes of our species. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA has become known for an explosive choreographic language that pushes the accepted boundaries of dance and gender expectations, and incorporates postmodern movement with various forms of dance and acrobatics, live music, theater, and visual art. The Obie and Bessie Award-winning LAVA has performed at New York City venues including BAM, The Kitchen, PS 122, The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, DTW, The New Victory Theater, Symphony Space, BRIC, Central Park Summer Stage, the Brooklyn Lyceum, and Celebrate Brooklyn. The company has also performed across the U.S. and internationally in Australia and Argentina.

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