Elena Demyanenko and Erika Mijlin
Choreographer/performer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin offer a work-in-progress performance of their new collaboration, Echo/Archive, an EMPAC-commission currently being developed in residence.
For this performance, the artists will share their work thus far and describe the trajectory of the project. Echo/Archive will receive its world premiere at EMPAC on March 2, 2018.
Echo/Archive explores the notion of bodily heritage—how one’s sense and memory of their body may be felt and communicated over generations. Within dance, this is the process that carries movement invention and somatic perspectives from artist to artist. The piece also explores the role of the mediated image - live or recorded - as an intervention and a partner in the creative investigation of past and present. Incorporating lighting, film, and audio, Demyankenko and Mijlin are working with performers Dana Reitz, Eva Karczag and Jodi Melnick. Karczag and Melnick, like Demyanenko, both worked with the late American choreographer Trisha Brown.
Elena Demyanenko is a Russian-born dancer and choreographer who has been performing, teaching, and choreographing in New York City since 2001. She was a member of Trisha Brown and Stephen Petronio Dance Companies, and has danced for such choreographers as Bill T. Jones. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts and EMPAC Dance Movies commissions and a Jerome Robbins Fellowship. Demyanenko is currently on faculty at Bennington College.
Erika Mijlin is a producer, editor, writer, and founding partner of the media production company Artifact Pictures. In addition to producing her own films and videos, Mijlin wrote and directed Feldman and the Infinite, an original play that was staged for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She was the recipient of the Art and Social Change grant from the Leeway Foundation and is currently on faculty at Bennington College.