Embracing the Liminal considers transitional states. Changing. Moving. Starting, stopping, and starting again. Seeing and feeling, seeking and finding. Discovering the unexpected and shedding the unnecessary. Wondering. Wandering. Often getting lost.
The more I consider transitional states, the more I believe that I reside in the liminal. I see living as liminal, and certainly, performing as liminal. I am attempting, along with a generous team of collaborating artists, to organize change. To linger in the transitional spaces, embracing the liminal.
(Costume Designer, Collaborating Artist)
Heidi Barr is a Philadelphia based artist working in textiles, costume design and mixed media community based installation art. She holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and is a two-time Leeway foundation grant recipient. Equaling her lifelong commitment to dance and the costumes it inspires is Heidi’s passion for gardening and her attention to environmental issues. This inspired her to found/design The Kitchen Garden Series, a line of kitchen textiles made from linen and reclaimed materials that are sold to support urban agriculture. Heidi also manages the Farmer’s Market at Christ Church, another extension of these passions.
(Dramaturge, Collaborating Artist)
Elizabeth Gutierrez directs program development and evaluation at The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a non-profit dedicated to immigrant integration. Prior to this role, for the past 18 years, she was a founding partner in an architecture and urban planning firm where she worked extensively in community development. Having lived abroad in Hong Kong as a child, Elizabeth acquired an early appreciation for the vivid and varied landscape of cities and has proudly called Philadelphia her home for 23 years. An avid walker, she roams the city filling up her mental cup for her creative outlets. She loves to cook, read, and is working on her first novel. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a Master of Arts in Geography from Temple University, and a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages).
(Photographer, Collaborating Artist)
Jeff Warden spends his working days as a product designer serving the medical industry and his evenings as a slightly below average chef for his growing kids. He has an abiding passion for photography, especially with vintage film cameras and traditional darkroom printing. Jeff has a lifelong interest in the arts and literature, and is currently developing an illustrated book for children.
(Performer, Collaborating Artist)
Michelle Campbell is a 2018 Dance and Journalism graduate from Rowan University. While studying at Rowan she performed in numerous works including They Slice the Air, Sweet Charity, Making Trouble: Sans Limites, PAST/Present…FUTURE, Danse Macabre, Guistaporre, Move Meant, House of Murals, and 16 Feet Deep, and her own choreography, Revolution, Revolution, was chosen to represent Rowan University Dance at the American College Dance Association in Richmond, VA. In addition to her performing and choreographing experience, she served as Vice President of the Rowan modern dance company, Dance Extensions. Most recently she worked as rehearsal assistant with Dawn Marie Bazemore and #dbdanceproject on The Browder Project. She is delighted to be continuing her work alongside her beloved professor and wants to thank Leslie for this amazing opportunity.
(Composer/Performer, Collaborating Artist)
Jayce Williams is entering his third year studying Business in the Music Industry at Rowan University. Last year, he had the pleasure of working with Leslie Elkins and Michelle Campbell in Rowan’s MainStage production, House of Murals, composing a lot of the music. Jayce also works for the Division of Student Affairs at Rowan, where he writes the music for housing commercials viewed by incoming freshman and transfer students. You can listen to that music here (https://m.soundcloud.com/). He has been composing music since the age of 12, and is continuing his musical studies at the Berklee College of Music this summer. His most recent endeavor is a music collective called 4333 (https://www.facebook.com/), where he books local and touring bands for in studio live sessions and live performances at Rowan. He is ecstatic to be working with Leslie again on another heart-warming production.