Performance artist Elena Demyanenko presents her deeply collaborative work welter—originally scheduled to premiere at Roulette in June. In welter, three simultaneous solos emerge out of prolonged work with color. The performers occupy a viscous dimension of saturated light, their submergence in which is total. Infected by color virus and noise-making, they exhibit symptoms that evince something ancient and essential to emotional survival, complete with an extra-lingual mode of communication that is evocative of invocation, incantation. The performers do not surrender their agency; rather the spell endows them with a more evolved force unmediated by language. The resultant, feverish state enables a direct, non-abstracted, non-symbolic account of desire and its power.
Friction and asymmetry, both auditory and physical, serve to scramble preconceived notions of form and ways of knowing that otherwise inhibit this polyphonic, trancelike condition. This circumstance—of a disrupted surface—forces the performers to plumb their depths and locate an interstitial space between disappearance and emergence, charged with potential. It is here, in this lingering state of becoming, that embodied force is recovered, uncensored by history and experience. A new way of knowing is tacitly understood.
Elena Demyanenko – Creator/Director
Elena Demyanenko, Chloë Engel, and Laurel Jenkins – Performers
Finley Janes – Sound Artist
Joe Levasseur – Lighting
Meredith Belis – Stage Management
Richard MacPike – Costumes
Russian-born Elena Demyanenko (Dance Artist/Director) is a former member of both the Stephen Petronio Company (2003-2008) and the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-2012) and has been performing, teaching and choreographing in NYC since 2001. Her most recent multi-media project, echo/archive, premiered at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY) in the spring of 2018. Blue Room, mad