Last weekend a gathering of 80 people assembled at the bucolic farm of Isabella Rossellini to witness the first in a series of art performances the legendary actress has commissioned. The piece, titled Light Body, is a balletic dance conceived by performance artist Lia Chavez that weaves together multicolored strands of light and the practice of contemplative walking that was inspired by the artist’s recent meditative travels in the Himalayas.
Ira Lippke was there to capture the performance in both photo and video, creating a lasting documentation that is a work of art itself. “The sound of cicadas, the breathing of the dancers and the tapping of their feet served as a soundtrack,” he says of the experience. “Even the fireflies offered a corresponding choreography of their own!”
Ira, who lives just down the road from Lia and Isabella in the small Long Island enclave of Brookhaven Hamlet, finds a unique, creative camaraderie there. “There’s an amazing community here comprised of artists, writers, performers, actors and gallerists,” he says. “I find it really inspiring to live and work with such brilliant people.”
Photos and video by Ira Lippke