Lea Ved is a Filipino/Indian performer, choreographer, and collaborator, originally from the USA, currently based in the Netherlands with Nederlands Dans Theatre. Her years as a professional dancer have ranged from practice in roots of breakdance and hip-hop with Victor Quijada/Rubberbandance group in Montreal, Canada, to performing Mats Ek's role of Julia in Julia & Romeo with the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm. Since graduating from the Juilliard School in 2013, she has worked both as a freelance artist and repertoire company dancer — creating new work with Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, Marina Mascarell, Yoann Bourgeois, most influentially among others — and meanwhile sharing workshops, pursuing creative exchange, and developing as a maker and creator. Her hybrid background in different circles of dance culture, particularly the Rubberbandance cyphers, has lent itself to an evolving process of physical research and creation, pronounced in individual expression and collaboration, also taking influence from visual art, film, and writing. Her more notable works have been made on the Small Stage with Göteborgsoperans Danskompani, NDT's Switch program, and Korzo Theater. Her work, darling we're nowhere but here, landed her a partner award with Club Guy & Roni at the Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition (RIDCC), alongside a creative residency with the Heavy Hitters breakdance crew.