Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc.
ADI National Incubator Showcase
January – February, 2014
The irreverent choreographer Doug Elkins returns to ADI (Fraulein Maria, Mo(or)town/Redux, and Scott, Queen of Marys) with a merry band of dancers, actors and clowns to explore the sharp intersections between physical comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance. Expect near misses of physical action and attraction with high flying kicks and turns eliciting a range of emotions. Original conception by Doug Elkins, Barbara Karger and Michael Preston Choreography by Doug Elkins in collaboration with the dancers Mark Gindick, Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, Kyle Marshall, Aaron Mattocks, Donnell Oakley World Premiere: Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, NH – February 5, 2014. Additional residency support provided by The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard and Jacob’s Pillow. “Hapless Bizarre” is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Doug Elkins started his dance career as a B-boy with groups including the Royal Rockers and Magnificent Force. He was a member of the Vogue house House of Ninja, and active in New York City’s hip hop club scene before finding his way to the post-modern scene where he danced with artists such as Yoshika Chuma, Marta Renzi, and Monica Levy and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones and Elizabeth Streb. In 1988, he officially founded the Doug Elkins Dance Company with Lisa Nicks, Jane Weiner, and Ben Munisteri, which performed nationally and internationally for fifteen years before disbanding in 2004. Doug is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards from the NEA, National Performance Network, Jerome Foundation, Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation, Metropolitan Life/American Dance Festival, Hartford Foundation, Arts International, The Greenwall Foundation, and The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. In 1994, he was honored with a Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal, sharing the stage with author Philip Roth and photographer Nan Goldin. In 2006, he was presented with the Martha Hill Award for Career Achievement in New York City; in April 2011 in Boston, he received an Elliot Norton Award for Best Choreography (for Fräulein Maria). He is a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. Doug has taught and choreographed extensively in the US and Europe and has created original work for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, Flying Karamazov Brothers, MaggioDanza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Union Dance and CanDoCo of London, as well as a number of university dance companies and the renowned Mini & Maxi of Holland. His theater work includes collaborations with Joanne Akalaitis and Philip Glass, Robert Woodruff, Pavel Dubrusky, Annie Hamburger, Molly Smith, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Michael Preston and Barbara Karger, Anne Kauffman, and Arin Arbus. A graduate of SUNY/Purchase, he received his MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF in 2007.