LADYBEAST explores the multiplicity of form, illusion and the transformation of self. Shape-shifting through iconic representations of the body and drawing imagery from art history, dance history, marine biology and astrophysics, LADYBEAST attempts to blur the line between abstraction and representation. With no special effects or props other than a white leotard and her body, she transforms into creatures and life forms from her past, present and future. To paraphrase Carl Sagan, “[LADYBEAST] is the universe experiencing [her]self.” LADYBEAST was made in residency at Pieter Performance Space in Lincoln Heights. The piece is accompanied by an original score composed in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist, animator, and musician, Bryan Konietzko.