Hélène Lesterlin

Former Curator, Theater + Dance
helene lesterlin 2012

During her tenure at EMPAC, Lesterlin shepherded and presented challenging work that blurred the lines among dance, theater, performance, and installation.

Highlights from her time at EMPAC include residencies and commissions by Ralph Lemon, Poor Dog Group, Phantom Limb, Nora Chipaumire, Wally Cardona, Kota Yamazaki, and BalletLab; theatrical and site-specific performances by kondition pluriel, Tere O’Connor Dance, Verdensteatret, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Yanira Castro, and Chunky Move; the launch of the Filament Festival in collaboration with the music and visual arts curators; and the creation of the DANCE MOViES commission, the only program of its kind in the US, which has commissioned 20 works of film, video, and installation over the past five years.

Lesterlin’s curatorial vision balanced the support and championing of risk-taking artists as they manifested new works and a strong desire to connect EMPAC’s local audiences with contemporary dance and theater.

Curated Events

2013

Cayetana Vidal
Colin Gee
Colin Gee
TAO, In the First Place...

2012

Ralph Lemon
Nora Chipaumire
Ella Fiskum Danz
Mirror Neurons and Our Capacity for Empathy
Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey
Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey
Emergent Improvisation
Biomimicry
Kota Yamazaki
Jean-François Peyret
Rodrigo Pardo + Bárbara Foulkes

2011

A Circus of One, Fauna, Fanfare for Marching Band, Spring Cleaning
Phantom Limb
Phantom Limb
Experiments in Time-Based Text
Kònic thtr
Phyllis Chen + Rob Dietz
MindBox
Verdensteatret
Verdensteatret
Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, and Kay Matschullat

2010

Latitude 14
Latitude 14
BalletLab
Yanira Castro
Hoop, Anatomy of Melancholy, Quince Missing, The Closer One Gets, the Less One Sees, MO-SO
Yanira Castro
BalletLab
Wally Cardona and Rahel Vonmoos
Wally Cardona and Rahel Vonmoos
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Dr. Philip Barnard, Scott deLahunta, Wayne McGregor
rAndom International
Wayne McGregor
Dr. Philip Barnard
Jeremy Wade
Jeremy Wade

2009

A review on the use of interactive media in performance
Workshop for innovative video technologies in performance and installation
Chunky Move
Chunky Move
Chunky Move
Chunky Move
A review on the use of interactive media in performance
Body/Traces, Eyes Nose Mouth, Looking Forward—Man and Woman, Sunscreen Serenede
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
KINO-EYE, Veterans, PH Propiedad Horizontal, Nora
Basil Twist
Basil Twist
Basil Twist
Basil Twist
Tere O'Connor Dance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Directed by Agnès Varda
Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra
Self and Subjectivity: A Middle Way Approach

2008

Balletlab
Elevator Repair Service
Elevator Repair Service
October 2008
Liz Aggiss
Billy Cowie
Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie

2007

Kassys
Kassys
BalletLab
BalletLab
BalletLab
Robert Darroll + Sean Reed
Tere O'Connor Dance
Tere O'Connor Dance

2006

kondition pluriel
Street Wise
Ice Breaker

2005

On Site + Sound

2004

The years before the building