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Lelavision heads south to help out

Leah Mann, Ela Lamblin and their daughter Kairos kick up their heels. - John Cornicello photo
Leah Mann, Ela Lamblin and their daughter Kairos kick up their heels.
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Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin, founders of Lelavision Physical Music, usually get hired to work at theaters and festivals, performing a unique blend of dance and physical comedy that revolves around Lamblin’s musical sculptures.

Soon, however, the duo will be working in a very different setting, as they share their art and craft with some of Guatemala’s neediest families, and they are hoping Islanders will come out in a show of support for this endeavor.

Mann and Lamblin are hosting an open house, art sale and performance on Sunday, Dec. 6, to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Central America to work as movement and music teachers at Camino Seguro (Safe Passage).

The Guatemalan school, created in 1999, provides education, training, meals, healthcare and general support for 500 children and 300 families who make their living scavenging in the enormous Guatemala City dump.

Lelavision’s residency at the school, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, will include teaching movement, music and how to make musical instruments from recycled objects.

But Mann expects the learning to go both ways.

“I’m sure they will teach us a lot about reuse and recycling,” she said.

Mann said that she and Lamblin hope to help students and their families develop a product, made with objects from the dump, that can be sold to help support the community.

Lelavision is also hoping to take enough cash to Guatemala to sponsor a classroom in the school for one year.

“Ela and I primarily work from shoe strings and pennies, and we know that pennies can go so far in impoverished communities,” she said.

All proceeds from Lelavision’s Dec. 6 event will be used to help pay for their work in Camino Seguro.

The art sale will feature sculptures, glass works, paintings, jewelry and other visual art.

The dinner, which includes includes tickets to the performance, will be held in Mann and Lamblin’s home.

The South American-themed meal, created by Amy Goetz, will be served by local performers, and dinner music will be provided by Lamblin.

A performance, headlined by Lelavision, will take place in Lelavision’s studio after dinner.

Lamblin and Mann will perform favorite pieces, and the band Correo Aereo will play traditional music of Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Peru.

Lelavision’s art sale, dinner and performance will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6. The art sale is from 3 to 9 p.m. Dinner, at 5 p.m., costs $50 and includes tickets to the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets to the performance alone are $20. For reservations or directions or to learn how to donate directly to the school or Lelavision’s travel fund, call 463-9548.

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