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How do we create a space for multiple realities to take place and co-exist? A lecture by Elena Demyanenko

Workshop on Contemporary Dance and Dance Writing
20 July 2018


In this conversation, Elena will highlight the properties of formation, patterns, and the logic behind her own work and the work of her colleagues who are currently deeply involved in the scene of contemporary dance.

Elena is an independent performing artist, choreographer and a former member of famous Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-2012), has been performing, teaching and choreographing in NYC since 2001. As Elena moves, an embodied experience of modes of uncertainty activates her ability to sense and make sense of layers of information. As a mode of knowing then, Elena suggests that the work you will look at is a collection of practices that embrace the uncanny simultaneity of simplicity and complexity.  New meanings will emerge and maybe surprise.

Lena’s work is centered on the body. When she refers to the body, she thinks of the sentience of it: the collection of cells that aggregates into tissues, tissues into organs, organs into the system. The body, therefore, is not simply for the performance of action, but for action in itself: that is to say, action in this case is the excavation of knowledge through the body. The body that moves, interprets, translates and absorbs, is the lens through which one learns to see and communicate. Her goal is to make the body an agent in making decisions. 


Elena Demyanenko (b. 1976 Moscow) is a performing artist and choreographer. Demyanenko was a recipient of a Jerome Robbins Fellowship for the creation of Disparate Bodies with Joseph Poulson, made and premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (2011). Performed at various venues including the Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Montpellier Danse Festival (France), Dance Umbrella Festival (London, UK), Danscentrum (Stockholm), Festival de Fortaleza (Brazil), Festival Panorama de Dança (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  Currently Demyanenko is teaching Dance at Bennington College.


Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.

The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.



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