Eventbrite - IMMERSION SEMINAR: performing bodies in space


KATE BREHM is a performance artist and director who works with puppetry and performing design. Her company, imnotlost, has been birthing smart and dirty, visual spectacles since 2003. Highlights include: the well-loved puppet slam, Slutty Puppets 2003-05, presented at CBGBs Gallery; Dark Space 2009, an immersive performing puppet installation supported by a Chashama space residency; The Poofs 2009-2015, confounding non-sentient puppets that have appeared at many art shows, art parties, and national locations; The Eye Which We Do Not Have, an emotionally dark puppet show utilizing forced perspectives and special effects; and the participatory art project Dance Halls of Beautiful Radiant Things 2013-14, produced in conjunction with Krawckuk Industries. Ms. Brehm has toured internationally as a performing puppeteer for the last ten years with Basil Twist, having performed in such fun places as, Kyoto, Japan; Stockholm, Sweden; Lausanne, Switzerland; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; the Spoleto Festival in Charleston; the La Jolla Playhouse, CA, and others. She has taught her movement class, Moving Objects, in New York, London, and Exeter. http://www.katebrehm.com

JOHN LEO For the past two decades John Leo has been honing his craft as a 1. Clown (Clown Doctor, Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit; Gold Medalist, NY Clown Fest Olympics), 2. Joker (Facilitator & Founding Member, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC), 3. Burlesque Performer (Peg-ass-us, Best Comedy, SF FRINGE; Handshake Uppercut, "Best Bet," CHICAGO FRINGE) and 4. Facilitator of Socratic/Freirian/Experiential learning. He is interested in extreme fun and the transformative/ transgressive/anti-oppressive powers of foolery & subversion. johnleo.net

RONALD BINIONThe January 26, 2015 New Yorker described Ronald as a “puppetmaster” in a Talk-of-the-Town article about a humanitarian effort to use puppets in Africa to teach about Ebola. Ronald has been working in the art of puppetry for over twenty years, in television, theater, film, and overseas with humanitarian organizations in Africa and South East Asia.

Ronald was the head puppeteer on the Comedy Central Show Crank Yankers, and the Puppet Producer for the international children’s television show LazyTown. He also worked at the Muppet workshop as a designer and builder of puppets for which he was twice nominated for an Emmy award. Ronald designed built and performed the spokes-puppet character “Doug” for the pioneering online social media ad campaign for the 2012 Ford Focus.



BENJAMIN HELLER is a cross disciplinary artist, blurring the traditional boundaries of medium in order to uncover newfound vitality in their intersections. Drawing from a diverse background and training in visual arts, photography, dance, and physical improvisation, his works are rooted in the movement of the body and the creation of intimate environments that can be entered, opening a space for discovery via the body, senses, and the imagination.

His photography, video and sculptural performance works have been shown at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum, Wave Hill, New York Live Arts, ICP International Center of Photography, Robin Rice Gallery, Fresh Window Gallery, Eyebeam, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Honey Space Gallery in New York. In 2013 he was selected for the Bronx Museum AIM residency program and Biennial Exhibition.

He has created immersive site-specific Installations “Spines Alluvial” in Dorset VT, “The Vital Contour of U+US” a commissioned permanent installation in New Orleans, and a commissioned interactive installation “Inverted Constellation” as a visiting artist at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania AU. Collaborative dance and sculpture projects include “A Place of Sun” with Company Stefanie Batten Bland performed in Paris and New York, and The Blind Men and the Elephant with choreographer Julie Bour at New York Live Arts.

June 2015