August WAXworks- Meet Lianna E. King!

This month, we got a chance to hear from dance artist, Lianna E. King. See her THIS SUNDAY at our August showcase!

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WAXstaff (WS): If you could only use three words to describe your work, what would they be?
Lianna E. King (LEK): urgency in identity

WS: What part of the creative process do you find most challenging? What do you feel comes easily? 
LEK: From having the initial moment of inspiration, costuming, spacing, teching, and sharing the work, it's all a challenge. But I know if it isn't a challenge, it isn't worth it. The easiest part is the moment after getting into the studio and finally having the freedom to move.

WS: Where do you find inspiration for your work? Or what motivates your work? 
LEK: I don't have one answer for this, honestly. I have recently found my inspiration in current events and relationships in my life. My work often becomes a way for me to process and cope.

WS: What specific ideas or elements in your work would you hope to receive feedback on? 
LEK: I am hoping to hear feedback on the clarity of the movement and the space it takes up, as well as the relationship between the mover and sound.

WS: What goals do you have for your creative work? 
LEK: My overall goal for my process is for my work to be a call to action, and refuge in motion. 

WS: Share a funny anecdote from a rehearsal or performance. 
LEK: When I was creating this work for 5 people, the relationships between them reminded me of my family dynamic. So, what started as "If we were Lianna's family, we'd be [fill in name here]" turned into things like "If we were fruits we'd be [...]." One time, we even identified ourselves as fast food places! 

WS: Do you have any secret talents? 
LEK: I suppose this isn't as much of a SECRET talent as it is a NEW talent that no one knows about yet: I very recently taught myself to ride a bike!

WS: What’s the last book you read? Movie you watched?
LEK: I just started reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and love it so far! The last movie I watched was My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  

WS: Where can we find more information about your work and upcoming projects? 
LEK: You can find more of my work and upcoming projects at, and by following me on Instagram at @LiannnaEKing

WS: Anything else you'd like to share? 
LEK: I am so grateful for this opportunity to share the space with you all on August 20th!