(World Premiere) February 13 at 7:30pm Tickets: $23**
A multi-media duet exploring relationship, Blue Room is a collaboration between Chinese artist Dai Jian and Russian-born Elena Demyanenko, recent alumni of Trisha Brown Dance Company. This evening of individual and paired works will unfold as a dialogue through myriad possible intricate and detailed existences. Two independent mind-bodies with different backgrounds, behaviors, languages and cultures suture together, provoking a third presence unique to each performance.
**MUST RESERVE SEAT THROUGH NEW YORK LIVE ARTS IN ADVANCE (link below). If you'd like to sit together during the performance, I've purchased the first seat (A112) in Row A of the Center section. Click here to buy your ticket. You will be moved up from "waitlist" to "attending" once you confirm that you have purchased your seat.
There is an optional Come Early Seeing, Making, Talking Conversation before the show at 6:30pm. Click here.
About the performers:
Elena Demyanenko is a Russian-born graduate of the Academy of Theatrical Arts (Moscow). Elena came to NYC in 2000 to work as guest artist with Riverdance on Broadway and, after the show closed in 2001, chose to remain in the city performing and choreographing. Elena was a member of Trisha Brown Dance Company from[masked] and Stephen Petronio Company from 2003-2008. Among the many performances with those companies, she appeared at the New York Live Arts (NYC), Dance Umbrella Festival (London), The Joyce Theater (NYC), San Francisco Performances, UCLA Live!, New Art New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara, and the Dublin International Dance Festival.
In 2010 Elena was honored to receive a Jerome Robbins Fellowship for the creation of new work. In addition to her work as performer and teacher, Elena has continued to develop her interest in dance film. In 2007 she was the recipient of an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission as well as being nominated for the 2009 Dance on Camera Jury Prize for her work on Kino Eye. Her second dance film Vienna was screened at the opening of the New Galapagos Art Space in 2008.
Dai Jian is an artist from China with roots in contemporary dance, classical dance, and Wushu Art. He has created improvisations, performance installations, and visual art. Dai Jian began Wushu training at the age of 5 and has been creating his own work alongside a professional dance performance career since he was 18 years old. In 1998 he was awarded at the National Dance Competition in China, and in 2000 he won the New Stars in Performing Arts from Guangzhou City (choreography & dancing) with his first solo creation. He was in New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2005 and Trisha Brown Dance Company in 2008, and was Shen Wei’s assistant for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2012 he was invited to choreograph the compulsory piece for male solo for the Boston International Ballet Competition, and choreographed for Guang Dong Modern Dance Company. He also has collaborated with filmmaker Katrina McPherson, and significantly with Kirstie Simson and Michael Schumaker, visual artist Kimberly Mayhorn, Mimi Gerrard (video), Yin Mei, and Hou Ying.
As usual, we will head to a nearby restaurant for dinner and drinks after the show.