Leralee Whittle’s body of work in performance, dance, somatics and video art is rooted in relational aesthetics. Her dance background is comprised of extensive training in American, European, African genres, as well as visual art and experimental theater. In her native region of San Francisco she engaged in over decade long collaborations with Nita Little (cross-genre ensemble improvisation and contact improvisation) and has continued to perform instant composition for one musician and one dancer abroad with musician/composer Paul Sprawl.
She’s choreographed ensembles and has performed solo shows (with her video work included in funded performances since 2008) for audiences in the Western states, the Midwest and in Europe. Her work has garnered support from both foundations and diverse venues- from international dance festivals to intimate visual art venues, music festivals and public commons and people’s homes. Her work’s been presented in the festivals Dinamiche Scomposte/Teatro di Limonae, Italy, The Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, and The Twin Cities / Montreal Choreographer Exchange, Minneapolis, MN and venues: La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, Starlight Theatre, Terlingua, TX, Urban Culture Project, KC, MO, The 418 Project, Santa Cruz, Ca and Aria, Barcelona.