Through a fusion of artistic mediums, LED reawakens the performing art experience with live original music, movement, sound and visual design. Our collaborators transform traditional and non-traditional spaces into a visceral world to transcend the artist/audience relationship.
LED stands for innovation, malleability, and leadership. Based on the principles of the Light Emitting Diode, for it’s innovation in the 21st century, the chemical element of Lead (PB) for it’s strength and malleability, and Leadership. All of these principles dictate the foundational format of this company’s artistic purpose, which is to innovate and change the way collaborative arts are perceived and how they influence. We are leaders in the progression of not only community-based collaborations, but national ones, as well.
Lauren Edson, born in Boise, Idaho, began her studies at Ballet Idaho and Westside Dance Academy. She continued her formal training at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. Her past professional experiences include: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. She was most recently a celebrated dancer with Trey McIntyre Project located in Boise, Idaho.
As a choreographer, she has won several awards, fellowships and been commissioned by numerous companies and Universities throughout the nation. Her original choreography has appeared at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Series, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Peridance Capezio Center, Conduit, The Kennedy Center, On the Boards Seattle, Dance New Amsterdam and The McCallum Theatre. In 2012, she established lauren edson + dancers and within two years time the project won both the Grand Prize Award and Paid Engagement Award at the McCallum Theatres’ prestigious Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition in Palm Desert. In 2013, the project took a national tour to Texas, Michigan, New York and California by raising $15,000 via Kickstarter. The same year the project was commissioned by Dance Gallery Festival and Grand Valley State University to create an original work to be premiered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and New York City.
Edson is honored to have received several choreographic awards including: University of Kansas’ Choreographic Fellow 2015, Dance Omi International Resident 2014, ‘Level Up’ Choreographer Dance Gallery Festival 2013, Two-time Paid Engagement Award Winner at the 16th and 17th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition, Winner Ballet Pensacola’s 2013 National Choreographic Competition, Audience Favorite Award Milwaukee Ballet’s 2013 ‘Genesis’ International Choreographic Competition, Grand Prize Winner 2012 at the 15th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition, Winner of the 2012 Great Works Dance Project Choreography Prize, Finalist The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011 and 2010 Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre, and Winner Northwest Dance Project’s 2009 ‘Pretty Creatives’ International Choreographic Competition.
Choreographic Commissions include: Northwest Dance Project (OR), Verb Ballets (OH), Mystic Ballet (CT), University of Kansas (KS), Ballet Idaho (ID), Dance Gallery Festival (NY) Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI), Houston Met Dance (TX), Ballet Pensacola (FL), East Carolina University (NC), Western Oregon University (OR), Opera Idaho (ID) Polaris Dance Theatre (OR) Grand Valley State University (MI), Washington and Lee University (VA), Pacific University (OR), Idaho Dance Theatre (ID), Conduit: Charged (OR), Idaho Regional Ballet (ID), Ten Tiny Dances (WA), Aerial Without Limits (OR), Portland Youth Ballet (OR), DROP Dance Collective (ID), NW Fusion Dance Company (OR), Balance Dance Company (ID) and Coriolis Dance Collective (WA), to name a few.
Andrew, born in Mason City, Iowa, demonstrated from a very early age an interest in music and the natural talent to pursue a professional career. Primarily self-taught, he received some formal training throughout his child hood in piano and percussion. However, the bulk of his instruction was acquired from his own volition, ear, and experience. In 2000, he moved to Portland where he was the lead singer, songwriter, and creative force for the nationally recognized band, Sons Of Sirens. The band had great success and garnered a large Northwest following, performing in venues such as the Roseland Theatre, Crystal Ballroom, and numerous festivals within the region. They appeared on MTV2 several times and won a national band competition hosted by the same network. The band toured throughout the Northwest and were scheduled to make appearances at The Viper Room in L.A. and preform a showcase of their music to Geffin Records to sign a record deal in 2008.
Stensaas relocated to Boise, Idaho in 2009 and began teaching at Boise Rock School where he established himself as a singer/songwriter producer, and provided musical instruction and creative development to young people between the ages of seven and eighteen. He was an integral part to the song writing implementation and many of his students have gone on to establish themselves in successful bands, continue their training in prestigious Universities and audition for commercial projects.
Friend and founder of Boise Rock School Ryan Peck and Stensaas formed the duo, Edmond Dantes in 2012. Their first EP Etta was released to rave reviews. “Edmond Dantes is a band that isn’t afraid to embrace catchy melodies and approachable songs. The result is an instantly inviting collection of tunes with broad appeal,” Josh Gross, The Boise Weekly. The duo has played numerous shows throughout the local community, including Treefort Music Festival where they performed as a featured local band appearing on the Mainstage in 2014. They had the privilege of sharing the stage with international bands Yacht and Of Montreal at El Korah Shriners for Treefort 2015. In 2013, Stensaas collaborated with wife, choreographer Lauren Edson. He composed the score and sound design for their work, Shatter On the Rocks or Cover Your Ears. The piece premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise and was presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City in October 2013. “The original score by Stensaas was as full-bodied as Edson’s choreography, with the sounds of the ocean, moody, a-melodic atmospherics; and guffaw-inducing samples of goofy, old-timey music,” Harrison Berry, The Boise Weekly. Most recently, Edmond Dantes wrote the soundtrack for the film Almosting It, directed by Will Von Tagen, set to premiere in June 2015. In addition to playing with Edmond Dantes, Stensaas recently released a solo EP titled, aks.
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