Leán Bakker

Performance Artist

About my art

My live performances always start out as a collection of feelings, images, and prayers that coagulate and accumulate, collecting like leaves and sticks on a watercourse, damming up until they are expressed, released and given life, allowing new energy to flow and allowing life to play out.

Enjoy the show.

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2018  Filmed by Michael Chèze.

"My celebration of the female sexual awakening. In this piece my movements depict what is going on inside my vagina - a place where I am now feeling completely present and active. The feminine power is activated by surrender to pleasure - she allows herself to feel everything, she finds joy in all the different parts of who she is, each triggered by a different pleasure spot. She becomes alive and moves as an active participant in her love and in her life."

The way in which we interact with each other on a physical level is in direct correlation to the greater society.

Unfinished Volume 5

A Darkroom Contemporary Happening with music by Cape Town Youth Choir



Performance with my daughter at the Equus Gallery on the Cavalli Estate. September 2015

Lean Hickey and Juliana Coetzer 04
Lean Hickey and Juliana Coetzer 03

A Boat called "Me"

One woman show with 10 paper boats and a rope; expressed with movement, dance and voice.

Première at the Darling Voorkamerfest 2014.

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Boat 02
Boat 01
Boat 04

Song of intent

Performance during the Pieces and Puzzles exhibition at the Lovell Gallery in Cape Town. September 2013.

I rhythmically chisel a groove into a plank while singing to the rhythm of my work.

song of intent

I am a Tree

Performance at David Straus' house in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town as part of the 2013 Spier Secret Food and Wine Festival Conference.

i am a tree

The Cape Doctor

Cape Town's "doctor" is loved and loathed. It is the wind that blows from the south-east, clearing the City of smog and pollution, the wind that is a Cape constant, the accompaniment to hot summers. This performance, accompanied by live drums and flute, uses ribbons, dresses, flags, bubbles and balloons to allow the wind to show itself as the star of the dance, revealing itself through all it traverses. The Cape Doctor celebrates the wind as a free and spirited life force that rejuvenates and cleanses the City.

Drummers led by Dingiswayo Juma, Marguerite Hottzhausen on Flute

Dancers from CAPA - Cape Academy of Performing Arts and guest performance by Verna Gower.

The Cape doctor was performed as part of the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival 2012


infecting the city

My sound is too big for this confined space

The confined space of their sedans becomes the stage where the dancers move to the music with amplified exuberance.

Performed during "Infecting the City 2012" in Capetown and at Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2012

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Rain Dance

Dance at the opening of the Angels exhibition 2011 at Grand Provence Gallery in Franschhoek.

Water sprays like wings to free the being from a crust of dry clay.



While I sing a lullaby, my breasts are emptied out... salt spills onto the table. This work is about giving.



Performance carried out by the participating artists in the one day only, group exhibition at the Mullineux Wine Cellar in Riebeek Kasteel 2010.



I use two red hair dryers to send my hair into a lyrical dance of unpredictable, wild abandon, yet somehow grounded in my stillness.

Performed at the Spier Contemporary exhibition 2010 in Cape Town.

Music: "Lullaby" by Mr.Cat and the Jackel.

Draw a line

I love this work - it is a performance video.

I place myself in 3 frequented areas in my home - The Kitchen, the bedroom and the lounge. Each time I draw a line in my environment that I then cross it with no noticeable consequence.

Lean Hickey Coetzer
Lean Hickey Coetzer

Recycled Tango

You are driving through the pristine countryside, you notice a plastic bag blown against the fence, it  dances as it is teased by the wind. My tango is a response to the unpredictable flutters of my restless dance partner.

Music: "Two to tangle"  by Zim Ngqawana

365 Dinners

A site specific dance performance.

365 dinners is about a couple playing the seemingly mundane, yet eccentric  rituals of having dinner together every evening.

Here I am performing with Meinhardt Joubert at his restaurant, Bar-Bar Blacksheep in Riebeek Kasteel,  where he was sheff and owner.

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Performance of 365 dinners in Pretoria with Izac Coetzee

Slow Cloud

I danced in slow motion and then speeded up the video 5 times.


Catherine Daniels and David McLellan at The Aardklop Festival 2002 in Potchefstroom.

I created this work for all the people at the arts festival that never attend any shows. The show was performed in the street where all the pubs are. A white cube is illuminated to reveal shadow pictures and dancing bodies.

Do the "waiting for the bus" dance

Image on the inside of a bus shelter in Huntly, Scotland.

Created during a residency at Deveron Arts in 2009.

Anybody waiting for the bus can entertain themselves by doing these simple actions that make up the dance.

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An hour long production where animation and dance are so integrated that it seems as though the dancers are part of a film.

Winner of the Beeld Aartvark prize for most most ground breaking production on the Aardklop Arts Festival 2001. Nominated for a FNB Vita award for best production in 2001.