Elena Rose Light is a choreographer and performer originally from Southern California. Her choreography is rooted in the potential for somatic empathy to reorganize systems of thought and governance. Her work has been presented by Abrons Arts Center, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Current Sessions, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among other venues. Recent honors and residencies include the danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz, LANDING mentorship, Chez Bushwick residency, and Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC fellowship. She has also performed in the work of Ursula Eagly, Bouchra Ouizguen, Tino Sehgal, Asad Raza, Bruno Isakovic, and Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey. She received a BA with honors in French and art history from Yale University, where she became enamored with experimental performance.
I approach choreography as a mechanism to make sociocultural critique felt in the collective body. My work is post-dance; it doesn’t assume we know what dance looks like. Instead, I choreograph the conditions for somatic empathy through extreme physical and emotional states, audience participation, and bizarre forms of virtuosity, often in the form of solo performance. My creative process involves intensive reading and writing about a discrete history, phenomenon, or cultural touchpoint; I let this knowledge filter through my body, infiltrating my physical practices and creative decisions. Inevitably, my performances embody ridiculousness, reflecting the absurdity of a world that requires even more absurdity to be changed.