Elena Rose Light is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn. She has presented her work at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Center for Performance Research, The Current Sessions, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research at Judson Church, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among other venues. Elena has been an artist in residence at Chez Bushwick, The School of Making Thinking and Earthdance. She was a danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz, a Dance Institute for Leadership Training mentee, a LANDING mentee with Miguel Gutierrez, and a fellow at the NYU Hemispheric Institute through EMERGENYC. Elena has also performed in the work of Bouchra Ouizguen, Tino Sehgal, Asad Raza, Bruno Isakovic, and Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey. She has acted as an agent for The Bureau for the Future of Choreography. She received a BA with honors in French and art history from Yale University.
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.