Elena Rose Light is a queer feminist c h o r e o g r a p h e r attempting to make work from a place of critical whiteness. She read canonical texts in Yale’s art history department and has since been schooling herself through the 2016 danceWEB scholarship program, the 2016 Dance Institute for Leadership Training, the 2016-17 LANDING program with Miguel Gutierrez, and the 2017 NYU Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC program. Elena has been in residence at Chez Bushwick (2017), The School of Making Thinking (2015 & 2017) and Earthdance (2016). She has presented her work at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Center for Performance Research, The Current Sessions, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among other venues. Elena has also performed in the work of Bouchra Ouizguen, Tino Sehgal, Asad Raza, Bruno Isakovic, and Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey. She has also acted as an agent for The Bureau for the Future of Choreography.
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.