Whimsical Physical Music
on Kinetic Musical Sculptures
Lelavision co-founders, Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann, began their collaborative efforts in 1992 in Atlanta, GA , using sculpture, music, movement and humor. In 1996, they founded Lelavision in the Seattle, Washington area. They have performed to festivals in 9 countries and have a long term science art collaboration with Emory University Chemistry and Ethics Departments. They currently live and work from the home base of Vashon Island, WA.
The name Lela is more than a play on the names of the founders; derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "creation" and "creative spark", with references to "play," it denotes the spirit of the performance group. The company combines modern and aerial dance, music, theater, and large interactive musical sculptures to create innovative works of awe and whimsy. Their work is about the transfer of energy, the emanations of the soul, and the common denominators of the human experience.
Mann and Lamblin work with a synthesis of form, space, movement, and music in a collaboration that draws on the unique contribution of each. Lamblin's musical instrument/sculptures represent a harmony of sound, form, and movement meant not solely to be looked at and walked around but to be sounded and intimately experimented with. Mann's work is eclectic in form, pulling from many ethnic and technical genres but always centered in the exploration of art as spiritual journey and social justice tool. Her work is enhanced by the use of props, large visual elements. Together their work has been awarded numerous grants and commissions, locally and nationally. Lelavision has toured to Italy, the UK, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Israel, Germany, Japan, as well as throughout the United States with their hybrid genre of performance, Physical Music.
"...a beguiling treat for eye and ear, a body-mind riff in the spirit of Pilobolus and Mummenschanz." Seattle Times
"Simply presented and light-hearted, this is a show that can honestly claim to be
what so many acts (only) promise to be: original" The Scotsman (Scotland)
"In an hour of amusing evolutions the artists progressively conquered by getting the
warm support of the public…A poetic show by Compagnia Lelavision"
Corriere Mercantile (Italy)
"...exuberant movement inspired by the rhythms of the bodies animal, meteorological
and celestial, releasing from the landscape music that was smart, joyful and moving."
Critic's Pick's – Best of Atlanta, Creative Loafing
"This highly innovative performance delights and amuses, and springs many surprises." The Stage (London)