mad arts group

mad arts group (Columbus, OH) Kevin Estes, Leigh Lotocki, Johnny Mendoza and Amanda Platt came together to contribute to a new commissioned dance piece, Out of Cast and Cave, which was performed at OSU Urban Arts Space in August 2013. After the successful completion of this project, the four artists saw an opportunity to continue working together as a cohesive group. Estes and Mendoza, doctoral candidates in The Ohio State University School of Music, and Lotocki and Platt, alumnae of Ohio State's Department of Dance, have since co-created new works combining music and dance, including a recent solo project, Manta Ray Dance, performed in November 2013 at Weigel Hall on OSU campus. The group is currently collaborating on a new dance piece with original music slated for completion and performance in May 2014 as part of a community performance partnering with the Pizzuti Collection and the Columbus Moving Company.

Leigh Lotocki is a Columbus-based dancer and artist. She received a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2010. Before working with MaD arts group, Leigh performed and choreographed works with They Might Be Dancers and Available Light Theatre in various local productions. In 2013, Leigh performed at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Fellowship Concert and the Area Choreographer’s Festival in Cincinnati. This year, she presented work at the OhioDance Festival and received the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Award. Leigh is a teaching studio member of Feverhead dance space in Grandview Heights.

Ada G. Matusiewicz