une elephante, premiered in 2011 in Chicago, at The Drucker Center’s Fasseas White Box Theater, supported in part by the Chicago Cultural Center’s DanceBridge Residency. It is a duet accompanied by composer John Adams’ John’s Book of Alleged Dances, exploring ideas of duration and endurance, borrowing inspiration from portraiture. For dance, an art that is so defined by its ephemerality, une elephante works to challenge both the dancers and the audience to sit with a single (movement) idea for many minutes. Task-based choreography works to animate the still, painted relationship, finding emotion innate to the movement and the body/bodies themselves. The work’s title, borrowed from the inside of a bathroom stall (and gendered incorrectly), references the phrase “an elephant in the room.” When two bodies meet, within a picture frame or on the stage, what is left unsaid is often the loudest conversation in the room.
Choreography: Lizzie Leopold
Music: John Adams’ John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Lighting: Joshua Paul Weckesser
Dancer: Melissa Bloch & Nicole Romano Uribarri
Videography: Matthew Hughes