Elena Demyanenko and Erika Mijlin
This performance has been Rescheduled for Sat March 3rd at 2PM.
Friday, March 2nd 10:45AM
We regret to announce that, due to today's major snowstorm and the subsequent closure of the Rensselaer campus, tonight's performance of echo/archive has been rescheduled to TOMORROW (Saturday), March 3, at 2PM. All tickets for tonight's performance will be honored tomorrow or refunded. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Please call the box office at your convenience during regular business hours starting Monday, March 5th if you would like a refund. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
The world premiere of echo/archive, choreographer/performer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin’s EMPAC-commissioned collaboration. Developed over the past year in residence in Studio 1, echo/archive brings dance, film, and light together in a three-part live performance featuring performers Dana Reitz, Eva Karczag, and Jodi Melnick.
echo/archive integrates live dance with live and pre-recorded video to represent the layers of memory and heritage that exist in each human body. Demyanenko, Karczag, and Melnick all worked with the late American choreographer Trisha Brown and carry that well-established movement style as an influence on their work. Reitz is known for her light and movement scores. Together, the four women bookend a generation and genealogy of dance history. With echo/archive, Demyanenko and Mijlin explore how dance legacies influence body and movement practice. With video designer Ray Sun and sound designer Jon Kinzel, the artists' video mediation shapes the work into a statement about legacy, relationship, and female artmaking across generations.
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 choreographers such as Bill T. Jones. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts and EMPAC Dance Movies commissions, as well as 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 has served on faculty at Bennington College.