THE L V M B COLLECTIVE

Say:  L A M B

Artists make the worst slaves!

The L V M B Collective (pronounced L A M B) 

founded by artist  / actress Weléla Mar Kindred

kneeling under a table of rain / secrets told / earth is learned / animals meditate / merchants of dreams


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NEW WORK

Blvck Love Mixed-Media Series

a rebirth of expression / creativity  / pleasure

Bagaño
Bagaño

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Sow into Me
Sow into Me

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kiss me on my heart
kiss me on my heart

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Bagaño
Bagaño

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L V M B

their souls constituted / a freedom of dried fragrances / prayer language

CHOREOGRAPHY

Performance pieces using movement are not just about dance, but how you feel while creating it.  Skin to skin, body to body - each work, or experience we create is one of imagination, collaboration and a sense of surrender. 

Each work has made an impact on our clients - every project we ensure details are seamless, all aspects are imaginative and handled in a timely manner.  Whenever you work with L V M B you can be sure your project will be radical, profound and honest.

ART X CREATIVE DIRECTION

We are a collective of artists x directors x makers who embrace creativity.  We practice organic flow, sometimes the project has narrative, sometimes the work doesn't have an end.  We collab, we believe there is no bad idea.  We're pretty proud of the journey thus far.

FEATURED COMMERCIAL

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Client:  Matthew Rolston Studios

Director:  Mei Dong

Choreographer:  L V M B

CLIENTS

adidas

The Silver Room

Cannes Film Festival

Aveda

Paul Mitchell

MTV

Matthew Rolston Studio

Francis Lawrence

Puma

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Ford Models

Le Tigre Yoga Paris

Sony Paris

Acote + Cotelac Paris

Art Africa Journal South Africa

Contemporary Art of Ghana

Chale Wote Festival

ARTISTS

Past Collaborators:

Poet:  Ladan Osman

Artist:  Krista Franklin

Artist:  Abdullah Khan

Guest dancers invited upon request.

PARTNERS

Studio partnership with LVMB

AGNC: Digital Brand Identity Creators

Websites + Animation + Digital Brand Identity Services

In Support:  The James Baldwin Estate {New York}, Le Collectif James Baldwin de Paris. 

Centre National de la Danse 

Menagerie de Verre 

Le Centquatre

Micadanses

Artistic Grant Support:

The International Association of Blacks in Dance

The Dance Resource Center   

The Tides Foundation 

 
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STUDIO HOURS

By Appointment Only
Mon - Thur:  8am - 6pm
Fri:  8am - 2pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 10a - 3p

 
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OUR FOUNDER

For over 3 decades artist, actress, creative director, dancer, DJ and site-specific choreographer Weléla Mar Kindred - continues to inquire the global human experience.  She creates safe healing spaces, develops organic food justice projects, works in cinema, television, fashion, movement, digital media and public art.

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W E L É L A  M A R  K I N D R E D

Short - Formal Bio:

Definition:  lamb noun  /’lam/ : a young sheep : lamb of God :  an innocent or gentle person

Examples of lamb :  She’s as gentle as a lamb. 

Synonyms of lamb : angel : dove : innocent 

Antonym of lamb : wolf

The L V M B Collective:  Established in 2009 ~ LVMB’s objective is to interrogate western identity and Afro-anthropology. It examines the relationship between the physical and philosophical praxis of post-colonial meta~narratives {digital and abstract}. Lamb was founded by actress x site-specific choreographer Weléla Mar Kindred and developed by a tribe of visionaries. Beyond danse, theater and folklore ~ Lamb embraces rights of the black body, while fostering a social-sanctuary of love.

Actress / dancer / choreographer / artist ~Weléla Mar Kindred was born and raised in the southern California area.  Her mother is a dancer, mathematician and musician ~ inspiring her to hone the gift of movement. Her father is a retired biologist / photographer and lover of music ~ both her parents are avid art collectors. Her name given to her by her Ethiopian godmother, translates in Amharic ~ the sweetest part of the honeycomb. Weléla's extended family is currently based in Addis Ababa.

She was awarded the Dean's scholarship to study Film / Performance Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ as well been awarded the Dance New Amsterdam Choreographer Lab Artist in Residence {New York} and Artceb Suriname Artist in Residence. She lived in Paris from 2009 ~ 2016 reconstructing ideas of the body, surrender and fragmentation where her work was featured in the FRASQ Festival, Nuit Blanche and the Chale Wote Festival {Jamestown, Ghana}. Through site-specific performances and installations she received a NYU / Harvard Fellowship and the Tides Grant. Her writings have appeared in Art Africa and Vivimus Magazine.

Full Bio:

Actress / dancer / choreographer / artist ~Weléla Mar Kindred was born and raised in the southern California area.  Her mother is a dancer, mathematician and musician ~ inspiring her to hone the gift of movement. Her father is a retired biologist / photographer and lover of music ~ both her parents are avid art collectors. Her name given to her by her Ethiopian godmother, translates in Amharic ~ the sweetest part of the honeycomb. Weléla's extended family is currently based in Addis Ababa.

She began training as a dancer at the local YMCA in Santa Ana, California in 1980, while becoming the youngest member of The Santa Monica Playhouse.  In 1981 she became a member of a young theater group for children of color - The Lorraine Hansberry Players under the direction of Adelaine Hunter.  Soon after she became a member of Ms. Hunter's adult touring company - The Orange County Black Actors Theater from 1982-1989.  While performing she also trained in a pre-professional ballet program at The St. Joseph Ballet Company under the direction of Beth Burns from 1986-1989. 

From 1990 -2000 she trained as a pre-collegiate track athlete with her step-father who was a hurdler in the Pan Am Games and also a member of the winning University of Wisconsin Rose Bowl team. He helped train her throughout high-school assisting her in being awarded a track and field scholarship with a concentration in hurdles at Cal Poly Pomona. 

While training with olympic hurdle coach Tony Campbell - she began expressing a deep desire to work in art through film and focused on photography. While she continued to study dance, she signed with Bobby Ball Dance Agency L.A. and began experimenting with black and white 35mm photography.  One of her first photographic essays featured the unsheltered in Los Angeles which caught the eye of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also had shot Outkast, Helter Skelter and various L.A. hip-hop artists - including the historical House of Blues on Sunset Blvd Los Angeles.

In 2000 she transferred university programs to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - where she was awarded the Dean's scholarship for her body of work including the photo essay of the unsheltered in Los Angeles. While living in Chicago she also was modeling and signed with Ford Models.

At SAIC her work was featured at The Betty Rymer Gallery - a short performance film featuring sound footage of Sept 11. She performed in Genet's "The Blacks," and was the VP of Nia  - The Black Student's Arts Collective.  Her two majors while at the Art Institute were performance art and Afro-Cinema-later she moved to New York signing with Clear Talent Group. She trained at HB Acting studios and for three years had the honor to train and work with The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. 


In 2008 she relocated to Paris - where she worked in dance, theater and culture throughout Europe for 7 years. She presently is represented by Le Casting Parisien.  Upon returning to the states in 2016 she was invited to South Africa by NYU - hand-picked by Deborah Willis and affiliated with Dr. Henry Louis Gates of Harvard to present her research and work based on Black Body Politics.  As a NYU Fellow, this work later was featured in the South African arts and culture periodical -  'Art Africa.'


Throughout her practice she has been awarded apprenticeships and awards for her performance work. Weléla wants to continue to establish new creative alliances which are vital for Black women and the entire BIPOC creative community.  


She currently lives in beautiful Chicago, where she trains with Acting Studio Chicago.