Hélène Lesterlin

Former Curator, Theater + Dance

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.

Events and Residencies

2013

Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission
Cayetana Vidal
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Installation
Colin Gee
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Installation
Colin Gee
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission
TAO, In the First Place...

2012

Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Ralph Lemon
Dance/Theater, Performance
Nora Chipaumire
Dance/Theater, Performance
Ella Fiskum Danz
Residency
Ella Fiskum Danz
Season
Talk
Mirror Neurons and Our Capacity for Empathy
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey
Dance/Theater, Talk
Emergent Improvisation
Talk
Biomimicry
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Kota Yamazaki
Talk, Residency
Susan Sgorbati
Commission, Residency
Kota Yamazaki and Fluid hug-hug
Dance/Theater, Performance
Jean-François Peyret
Dance/Theater, Performance
Rodrigo Pardo + Bárbara Foulkes
Season
Residency
Rodrigo Pardo
Residency
Barbara Foulkes

2011

Dance/Theater, Performance, Work in Progress
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Poor Dog Group
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Poor Dog Group
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission
A Circus of One, Fauna, Fanfare for Marching Band, Spring Cleaning
Dance/Theater, Performance, Workshop
Commission, Residency
Poor Dog Group
Dance/Theater, Performance
Residency
Shantala Shivalingappa
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Phantom Limb
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Phantom Limb
Commission, Residency
Phantom Limb
Series
Experiments in Time-Based Text
Performance
Kònic thtr
Season
Residency
Kónic Thtr
Film/Video, Commission, Residency
Ralph Lemon
Commission, Residency
Nora Chipaumire
Commission, Residency
Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey
Music/Sound, Residency
The OpenEnded Group
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Performance
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Performance
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Performance
Film/Video, Music/Sound, Performance
Phyllis Chen + Rob Dietz
Film/Video, Music/Sound, Residency
Phyllis Chen and Rob Dietz
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Installation
MindBox
Dance/Theater, Performance
Verdensteatret
Dance/Theater, Performance
Verdensteatret
Film/Video, Residency
Marlene Millar and Phillip Szporer
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Performance
Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, and Kay Matschullat
Season
Music/Sound, Residency
Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik & Kay Matschullat

2010

Dance/Theater, Performance
Latitude 14
Dance/Theater, Performance
Latitude 14
Dance/Theater, Performance
BalletLab
Dance/Theater, Performance
Yanira Castro
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission
Hoop, Anatomy of Melancholy, Quince Missing, The Closer One Gets, the Less One Sees, MO-SO
Festival
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Music/Sound
Dance/Theater, Performance
Yanira Castro
Dance/Theater, Performance
BalletLab
Dance/Theater, Performance
Wally Cardona and Rahel Vonmoos
Dance/Theater, Performance
Wally Cardona and Rahel Vonmoos
Season
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Workshop
Residency
Yanira Castro & a canary torsi
Film/Video, Commission, Residency
Marites Carino & Rebecca Halls
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Residency
Will Rawls and Kyle Wilamowski
Dance/Theater, Performance
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Dance/Theater, Performance
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Talk
Dr. Philip Barnard, Scott deLahunta, Wayne McGregor
Talk
rAndom International
Dance/Theater, Series
Wayne McGregor
Talk
Dr. Philip Barnard
Dance/Theater, Residency
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Dance/Theater, Performance
Jeremy Wade
Dance/Theater, Performance
Jeremy Wade
Season
Film/Video, Residency
Keiko Courdy and Frederic Sofiyana
Residency
Jill Sigman

2009

Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Talk, Workshop
A review on the use of interactive media in performance
Dance/Theater, Workshop
Workshop for innovative video technologies in performance and installation
Dance/Theater, Performance
Chunky Move
Dance/Theater, Performance
Chunky Move
Dance/Theater, Performance
Chunky Move
Dance/Theater, Performance
Chunky Move
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Talk, Workshop
A review on the use of interactive media in performance
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission
Body/Traces, Eyes Nose Mouth, Looking Forward—Man and Woman, Sunscreen Serenede
Dance/Theater, Performance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Dance/Theater, Performance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission, Residency
Nuria Fragoso
Film/Video, Commission
KINO-EYE, Veterans, PH Propiedad Horizontal, Nora
Residency
Jean-François Peyret
Season
Dance/Theater, Performance
Basil Twist
Dance/Theater, Performance
Basil Twist
Dance/Theater, Performance
Basil Twist
Dance/Theater, Performance
Basil Twist
Dance/Theater, Performance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Dance/Theater, Performance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Dance/Theater, Performance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Dance/Theater, Performance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Dance/Theater, Music/Sound, Talk
Film/Video
Directed by Agnès Varda
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Cathy Weis
Dance/Theater, Performance, Commission
Cathy Weis
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Exhibition
Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra
Talk
Self and Subjectivity: A Middle Way Approach
Dance/Theater, Performance, Residency
Cathy Weis
Season
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Commission, Residency
Sophie Kahn & Lisa Parra

2008

Dance/Theater, Performance
Balletlab
Film/Video, Series
Dance/Theater, Residency
Balletlab
Dance/Theater, Performance
Elevator Repair Service
Dance/Theater, Performance
Elevator Repair Service
Festival
October 2008
Season
Dance/Theater, Performance
Liz Aggiss
Installation
Dance/Theater, Installation
Billy Cowie
Film/Video, Installation, Exhibition
Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie
Season

2007

Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Performance
Kassys
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Performance
Kassys
Dance/Theater, Performance
BalletLab
Dance/Theater, Performance
BalletLab
Dance/Theater, Performance
BalletLab
Film/Video, Music/Sound, Installation
Robert Darroll + Sean Reed
Film/Video
Dance/Theater, Performance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Dance/Theater, Performance
Tere O'Connor Dance
Dance/Theater, Film/Video

2006

Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Talk
Dance/Theater, Film/Video, Talk
Dance/Theater, Performance
kondition pluriel
Dance/Theater, Film/Video
Dance/Theater, Film/Video
Street Wise
Dance/Theater, Film/Video
Ice Breaker

2005

Dance/Theater, Film/Video
Dance/Theater, Film/Video
Performance, Commission
On Site + Sound

2004

Season
The years before the building