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.
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Edson began her studies at Ballet Idaho, continued her formal training at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She then went onto dance with Trey McIntyre Project, BodyVox, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Idaho Dance Theatre, having the honor of performing the works of Trey McIntyre, Pina Bausch, Maguy Marin, Angelin Preljocaj, Robert Battle, Johannes Wieland, Alex Ketley and Kate Karpetowska, to name a few. As a choreographer, she has won several fellowships, awards and been commissioned by numerous companies and Universities throughout the nation. She was recently selected by Whim W’him in Seattle, WA to create work for the Choreographic Shindig. She is the recipient of the ICA Performing Arts Fellowship, the Dance Omi International Resident, a Level Up Artist of The Dance Gallery Festival and the University of Kansas’ 2015 Choreographic Fellow. She is the winner of Northwest Dance Projects’ The Pretty Creatives International Choreography Competition, the recipient of the Audience Favorite Award at Milwaukee Ballet’s International Choreography Competition, Winner of the Grand Prize at the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition, winner of Western Michigan Unversity’s Great Works Dance Project and resident Guest Artist at East Carolina University, Peck School of the Arts, Eastern Oregon University and Pacific University.
In January 2015, Edson created LED with her husband, Andrew Stensaas, a collaborative arts organization whose mission is to blend sound, movement and visuals into visceral worlds. Described by the Seattle Times as “an important addition to the dance scene in the Northwest,” the company has had the pleasure of performing at NW New Works (On the Boards, Seattle), Conduit Dance + Festival (Reed College, Portland), Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival (The McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert), Dance Gallery Festival (Ailey Citigroup Theatre, New York), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series and CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work (Bellevue, WA). Her past choreographic commissions include: Whim W’him, Northwest Dance Project, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, SALT Contemporary Dance, Coriolis Dance Collective, Pensacola Ballet and Verb Ballets, 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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