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Call for Dancers NEW YORK: Elena Bajo at EFA Project Space 


Elena Bajo, A Performance Affair, Vandervorght Espace, Brussels, Belgium, 2018 Photo by Jeroen Verrecht. Courtesy of the Artist, APA, Garcia Galeria, Annex14

Dancers: Meldy IJpelaar, Bun Kobayashi, Keren Kraizer

WHAT: Open Call for Female and/or Female-identifying Dancers - for Elena Bajo's Public Dance Performance  

WHERE: EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 2nd Floor- 323 West 39th Street NY NY 10018 "In Honor of..." part of the exhibition "As Far as the Heart can See" curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful

WHEN:  October 20th,1-5 pm, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send  ASAP a link to a short video of your work (1-3 min), with preference a solo work in progress, your CV and a brief text expressing your specific interest in participating to email:

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: ASAP From Sept 24th to October 3rd, 2018  PLEASE send your materials ASAP.  Applications will be reviewed as they come in, selection will be first come first serve so there is a chance that the selection process is finished before the deadline

OPEN CALL for female or female-identifying dancers, all levels are welcome. Following an “*Anarchoreographic Method”, Elena Bajo’s interdisciplinary approach, selected dancers will work with improvised and choreographed movements to be determined before hand in close collaboration with the artist. Having a short text as a point of departure, a series of experiments and studies will be proposed that attempt to explore the intersection of ecologies of capital and body movement, chance and muscle memory undertaking anarchism as artistic strategy, by implementing elements of disentanglement and affects, as a point of dissidence and disruption on contemporary political choreographies. *Anarchoreographies – non hierarchical trajectories used as a tool to articulate a sense of subjectivity and collectivity and the creation of a space in constant flux.

Selected dancers will start working one on one choreographies in a "virtual" way with the artist (skype, whatsapp, FB messenger, etc)  and then will have "real" encounters for 5 rehearsal days. Mandatory that selected dancers should be available for PERFORMANCE DAY: October 20th, 2018  and REHEARSAL DAYS: at Center for Performance Research 361 Manhattan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 Saturday Oct 6th, 3-6 pm; Monday  Oct 8th, 3-6 pm; Wednesday  Oct  10th, 6-9 pm; Saturday Oct 13th,  7-9 pm; at Movement Research Open Performance Public Tuesday Oct 16th  7-8.30pm; at EFA Thursday Oct 18th Dress Rehearsal/Run-through 10-12 am

Selected performers will be provided with a digital copy of video documentation, high resolution digital photos of the performance and a modest stipend. Their participation will be credited in the official program and promoted in social media. Elena Bajo thanks Spain Arts and Culture for their support. This project is supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York.

Elena Bajo


Elena Bajo is an artist, choreographer and co-founder of the LA collective D’CLUB dedicated to climate action. Her artistic practice occurs at the intersection of anarchist thought, social ecology and metaphysics, engaging ideas of nature, and the body as a political and social entity questioning its relationship to ecologies of capital. She works both individually and collectively, using an interdisciplinary approach: architecture, life sciences, forms of movement, acting, choreography, sculpture, text and video. After obtaining a degree in Pharmacology from the Complutense University in Madrid, (Spain) she received an MA in Genetic Architecture from ESARQ, School of Architecture at International University of Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) and a MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art, University of Arts, London (UK). She has studied Laban / Bartenieff Movement Principles with Eva Blaschke, Christel Büche and Jan Burkhardt at TanzFabrik, Center for Contemporary Dance, Berlin. She was a co-founder of the temporary art project EXHIBITION 211, in New York.  She has taught and lectured at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin; Goldsmith’s College, London; Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; and Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield among other institutions. 

Solo, group exhibitions and performances among others at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, US ;A Performance Affair, APA, Brussels, Belgium; C Room 1, Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany; Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona; Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico; Garcia Galeria, Madrid; Annex14, Zurich, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil; Stacion, Pristina, Kosovo; Artium Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; and group shows at 44th Salon Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, Colombia; Kai 10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf; David Roberts Foundation. London; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Performa Biennial, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; Perform now, LA;  Dry Lake Desert, California and the dunes of the Sahara Desert, Morocco. Awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Maine; ISCP, in New York; Ratti Foundation in Como, Italy; Gabriel Orozco Workshop Fellowship, Botin Foundation, Spain; Goldrausch in Berlin, Germany. In  2017 she received the Audemars Piguet award for ArcoMadrid  for her installation All Tangled Up in a Fading Star and in 2018 she was awarded  the Botin Foundation International Visual Arts Grant, for her project Urania’s Mirror, an interdisciplinary project that investigates environmental and social impact that neoliberal economies have on the land and communities of Latin America. Recent contributions to publications include On Violence, E.R.O.S, London; Without an Object, Art Journal, Cuenca College of Arts, Spain.  Recently she has released an artist monograph Critical Lexicon of Contemporary Art (KUENSTLER. Kritisches Lexikon de Gegenwartskunstliterary). She divides her time between America and Europe.

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