Lida is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist. Since 2006 she has created original solo, duet and group work; merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that have taken place on and off the stage. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer and educator working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. In 2011 she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts.
Lida develops and creates dances that are quirky, provocative, and physically honest. Lida challenges herself and her audiences to participate in dance as an open dialogue. Her art and her choreography are creations which tell stories, ask questions, explore limits, and celebrate beauty in what is awkward, raw, and vulnerable. She is inspired by the human capacity to cope, to imagine and to transform. Her work is informed by wilderness, socioeconomic divides, disabilities, access, the search for place or home, the magical and the quiet details of everyday life. In 2016, Lida was 1 of 2 artists honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award from New England Foundation for the Arts.
Lida is currently in the process of creating her newest work, IMAGINARY.
Mixing dance/theater, storytelling, video, and original audio scores, Lida Winfield creates IMAGINARY, a deep, quirky, innovative and socially poignant work that explores perception in relation to the imagination. Imagination is a nearly universal human trait; though it is shaped by factors both personal and environmental. Does what we imagine impact or dictate our potential and reality?
What is it we see in the light, and in the dark?
Who are our imaginary and real friends?
What is real and what is pretend?
Our country is at a critical juncture, experiencing division and fear. It is hard to know what is real, what is alleged, and what will unfold. The creative process of IMAGINARY will engage community and audience members in a thoughtful manner with a focus on how the imagination assists in shaping our potential, our reality and our world.
IMAGINARY brings together the creative capacities of five amazing artists (Lida Winfield, Laurel Jenkins, Ellen Smith Ahern, Maree ReMalia and Joseph Hall). This interdisciplinary full-length performance has received the National Performance Network's Creation and Development Support in partnership with The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Middlebury College, and The Yard. It will premiere at The Flynn Center in February of 2018.