Leslie Scott is the founder and artistic director of BODYART a NYC&LA based contemporary dance theater company. Founded in 2006 BODYART has enjoyed performances across the globe, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), The Joyce Soho (NYC), 3LD Art & Technology Center (NYC) and the Bass Performance Hall (TX). For BODYART, Scott has choreographed and produced over 7 evening-length works, and 22 shorter pieces. Her work is highly collaborative and tends to use excess as a vehicle for audience/performer engagement about basic human interaction.
Scott opened BODYART Studio in April 2010. This 1800 sq/ft arts space based in Long Island City, NY provides reduced fee rehearsal space for NYC artists. Scott won through support from the Queens Arts Council in praise of her PILLAR program. This program places a premium on the creative process rather than the product, giving free rehearsal space to local Queens based artists.
As an independent choreographer and educator she has worked with several leading universities including University of North Texas, University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, San Jose State University, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Connecticut College and Northwestern University. She was the choreographer-in-residence for Elon University and recently received an outstanding alumni award from Texas Christian University. Ms. Scott is currently a MFA candidate in Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts.
As an interdisciplinary artist Ms Scott also holds a degree in photography that greatly spaces her work compositionally. She has worked with world-renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and was the staff photographer for the American Dance Festival in 2005. Ms Scott has developed an active collaboration with underwater photo artist, Chris Crumley. Together they have produced over 5 collaborative projects including an on location shoot in Turks and Caicos as well as several published image calendars and art books. Images from their 2011 collaboration were seen on stage in BODYART’s full evening work, Anatomy of Lost that projected images on a 60ft/sq infinity pool.
Scott has worked for Jodi Kaplan & Associates as the International Project Manager for the past four years, overseeing the agency’s touring projects. As an International producer Scott continues her work from the booking DANCE FESTIVAL Beijing 2008, which coincided with the summer Olympics, to the Edinburgh Festival 2010 – the present 2015.
Ms Scott is also a certified sommelier and enjoys bringing her love of viticulture into her other artistic practices.
Founded in 2006, BODYART is a NYC and LA based dance theatre company whose artistic work creates a content based, emotionally charged and strongly visual dialogue with the audience through performances, research, and teaching. The company regularly collaborates with composers, video artists, set/fashion/lighting designers, poets, and theater artists. This “creative community” approach to creation is at the core of our mission.
To date, BODYART has created and performed 4 evening-length works and over 10 shorter festival works across the country and at some of NYC’s leading theater spaces. In 2006, the company won acclaim for their work An Hour About An Hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Both Limbo and Loft featured collaborations from the NYC composer collective W4, and showcased live music from the PUBLIQuartet. In 2010, BODYART was invited to perform at the 2,000-seat Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth TX in conjunction with a 2-week teaching & choreography residency. In 2011, BODYART’s most challenging work, Anatomy of Lost, was performed at the Brooklyn Lyceum in a 60ft x50ft pool of water. This sold-out performance also featured video and fashion design collaborations.
In the company’s 7 year history performances and festivals have included: the Joyce Soho, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, The Dixon Place, The Cunningham Studios, City Center, 3 Legged Dog, Jazz at Lincoln Center/Rose Hall, Denton PAC, Downtown Dance, Wave Rising, International Dance Festival, Elan Dance Festival, Queens Dance Festival and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. BODYART has had the pleasure of teaching across the country at several leading institutions as: Booker T Washington HSPVA, Texas Christian University, University of Texas, Northwestern University, Sam Houston State, San Jose University, Elon University, Brookhaven College, Connecticut College and the Branden Ballet. In 2012, BODYART initiated their first annual teaching intensive in NYC. In the past 5 years the company has been commissioned to set over 15 works on Universities and repertory dance companies.
BODYART recently completed their 5th collaboration with underwater photographer Chris Crumley. The created work is featured in both the stage performances as well as printed publications. The images from the company’s shoot in Turks & Caicos were featured in the photographer’s coffee table book Femme de la Mer.