Lelavision co-founders, Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann, began their collaborative efforts
in 1992 in Atlanta, GA , using original kinetic sculpture, live music, and dance
simultaneously in performance. In 1996 in Seattle, WA, they founded Lelavision, a professional touring company that has coined and perfected its own genre of performance, Physical Music. They present original performance works that cross all boundaries of appeal: race, education, language, religion, economic background, gender, and age.
Leah's work focuses on embodiment and somatic understanding for integrity and transformation. As a former competitive gymnast and with her degree in Health, Physical Education and Dance, she has utilized her kinetic, tactile and spacial learning style to reintegrate whole body practices into all her art actions - performing, teaching youth, facilitating social justice events, facilitating personal development workshops and producing events. Her work focuses on the common denominators of the human experience, the formation of community and healthy ecosystems, micro and macro.
In addition to being Co-Founder of Lelavision, Leah is the Director Emeritus and Co-Founder of the award-winning company, Moving in the Spirit - a dance, urban outreach , mentorship program in Atlanta, which has been thriving since 1987 and named one of the top 10 youth development organizations in the nation.
In 1989, at the age of sixteen, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Atlanta College of Art. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture in 1993. While at ACA Ela began experimenting with combining sound with form to create musical sculptures, a process that has resulted in more than forty large-scale musical instruments to date. From college onward, Ela's art has encompassed sculpture, music, film, and movement in live performance. Ela's artistic horizons continue to expand as he erases the lines between disciplines to create multi-faceted works that now include design and fabrication of public art, architectural design and planning, numerous recordings, short films and scores.
In addition to Lelavision's performance work, Lamblin has received two commissions for permanent public sculpture – Whirl Piece (2006,Yesler Terrace Community Center, Seattle, WA) and Welcome to the Wheel World (2008, Beacon Hill International School, Seattle, WA). He has also produced five CDs of music on his invented musical sculptures, the first of which, Sculptaural, was recorded through Jack Straw's Artist Support Program (1996). Others include Raga to the River, classical Indian Raga in the Dhrupad tradition (2000), and Long Period Events, engineered by Grammy nominated record producer, Tucker Martine (2005). Lamblin received the Artist Fellowship in music from Artist Trust in 2004.
"Unlike many other instrument builder/inventors, Lamblin has not begun to specialize in a particular genre of instruments, and one can only look to the future with anticipation for the fantastic instruments that will be born of this artist's fertile imagination!"
– Experimental Musical Instruments Magazine
"Maybe it's her compassion and insight, which influence her art . It could be her willingness and ability to look inside herself and study the fears, hopes and happiness that she shares with humanity. ..... For Leah Mann, dance is the structure upon which a better world can be found."
-– Creative Loafing, Atlanta