Leila Mire is a concert, theatrical, and recreational choreographer. Her concert works have been produced by companies like the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, ClancyWorks Dance Company, George Mason Dance Company, and White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. Her work has been shown at venues and festivals such as YallaPunk Festival, the Tennessee Theatre, the National Cathedral, the 1Journey Festival, the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, Bauman Theatre, Breaking Boundaries Dance Festival, Green Space, and ModArts Dance Collective’s “Move to Change.”
On a recreational level, she has produced solos, competition pieces, wedding dances, musicals, recital pieces, and school works (many of which have gone on to win significant recognitions.) This past season she choreographed "Frozen Jr." for Star2B. She is currently working on solo creations and conducting choreographic research funded by the U.S. State Department through the Communities Connecting Heritage Project.
"Playground" Premiered March 2017, Harris Theatre, Fairfax, VA
"Laawhee" Premiered November 2017, Harris Theatre, Fairfax, VA
To create dance is to construct living, breathing ideas. I believe the greatest art lives just above the heartbeat. It forces the audience to feel, to hear, and to think. It’s these fleeting, abstract expressions that are so impressionable on my work.
My multicultural upbringing and experiences as a woman shape my choreography. My theoretical, symbolic, and architectural movement abstracts the body to give life to ideas around us. I tend to be process-driven with an emphasis on imaginative, highly visual, architectural images.
As a creator I am often inspired by politics, philosophy, and psychological practices that are stirred and moved by the complex ideas and intricacies found within the human spirit. I frequently consider collectivity versus individualism by abstracting the human form. I welcome new mediums and am driven by collaboration and the use of unconventional spaces.
As an artist I try to entertain the uncomfortable and live in a state of uncertainty. I work to transport audiences and make visible the abstract ideas we cannot see along with the feelings and words we cannot express.
"Bruh...I Had the Best Brownie" Premiered GMU Blackbox Dance Theatre as work in progress, Fairfax, VA
"Objectified" Premiered November 2016, Harris Theatre, Fairfax, VA
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