Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Elena Demyanenko

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Russian-born Elena Demyanenko is a former member of both the Stephen Petronio Company (2003-2008) and Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-2012), and has been performing, teaching, and choreographing in New York City since 2001. Her new multi-media project echo/archive was premiered at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY) in the spring of 2018. Blue Room was made in collaboration with Dai Jian and commissioned by New York Live Arts, and was described in The New York Times as “luxurious” and “eloquently meticulous” (Kourlas). In the past, she was awarded Jerome Robins/ Foundation for Contemporary arts awards, as well as a Baryshnikov Art Center commission.

While at MacDowell she developed her new work Maze to be premiered in New York, Vermont, and Russia in 2021. Maze is an extension of the performance work Welter, which premiered at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY and at Bennington and Middelbury colleges in Vermont in 2020.



Elena Demyanenko worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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