Commissioned and co-produced by Miami Light Project, Miami-based choreographer and dancer Liony Garcia’s latest work, Corporeal Decorum, is an imaginative interpretation of Art Deco design, masterfully blending dance, sculpture, and video projection. The performance memorializes important elements of Miami Beach’s Deco Architecture; it documents and preserves Miami’s iconic design through its movement and scenery.
Ana Maria Morales
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Liony Garcia is a dancer and choreographer based in Miami, FL. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts. As a performer, he has worked with BodyTraffic (LA) performing choreographic works by Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (NL), and Barack Marshall. Locally he’s worked with Brigid Baker’s WholeProject, Bistoury Physical Theater, and is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. He’s worked with director Celia Rowlson-Hall on her short film Swamp Lake. He’s performed with filmmaker Claudio Marco Tulli on his film installation, Blasting Pixels. As a solo performer, Liony has performed at Mana Contemporary, International Noise Music Conference, Bas Fisher Invitational, INDEX’21. Most recently, he presented a solo titled Up in the Clouds commissioned by Bistoury for 305 HAVAna INTERNATIONAL IMPROV FEST ’21’. The short film D3C05, a collaboration with Blaze Gonzalez and digital artist Hannah Gaengler was selected to screen at ScreenDance Miami and Miami International Film Festival 2022.
Garcia’s choreographic works have been commissioned by Miami Light Project, The Ringling Museum, The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and Toronto’s Outreach and Exchange Strategy. Liony is a two-time recipient of the Miami-Dade Dance Miami Choreographers’ Program and is a resident artist at Miami Light Project. Liony presented a site- specific piece entitled PLAZA, commissioned by Pioneer Winter Collective for Grass Stains: 2018.
His latest work, Corporeal Decorum was presented as a solo work in process as part of the Here & Now Festival: 2019. It was then presented as a trio in collaboration with The Wolfsonian Museum in a program titled Deco Through Dance. The piece is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Miami Light Project, The Ringling, and NPN.
Thomas House is a dance artist, performer, teacher, creator, and thinker based in Seattle, WA. He received his BFA in dance from Purchase College, SUNY. Throughout his dance career, Thomas has performed and traveled around the world with companies including Kate Wallich & The YC, Aszure Barton & Artists, Abraham in Motion, Seattle Opera, and the Merce Cunningham Trust. As a choreographer, Thomas has presented creations with composer Kayla Cashetta in NYC and Seattle. Thomas’s creative practice and interests inhabit a disorienting fantasy, with elements of humor, dystopia, conspiracy, queerness, and sensitivity.
He is currently a Lead Teacher and the Associate Programming Director at Dance Church. As a founding member of Dance Church, Thomas has been teaching and helping to expand the organization since 2017 including leading over 250 classes with audiences ranging 10 to 6000 people.
True HarriganTrue Harrigan is an interdisciplinary artist born in Richmond, Virginia. She recently graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Fiber Department, in May 2019. In 2017 she received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2013 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Furman University. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and Italy.
Corporeal Decorum is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Miami Light Project, Inc. in partnership with The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
This project is funded by grants from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation.