ORCHARD

Elinor Lewis with Nuria Legarda Andueza. Photography  by Ludovic Descognets.

'Like a rarefied circus act, it is part minimalist dance, part installation. Mesmerising and nerve-wracking.' Neil Norman for Resolution Review 2018

A forest of vertically balanced poles, vulnerable to the lightest touch. Two performers
navigate this precarious environment with the ever-present risk that one mistake could
prove catastrophic.  

In 2018, Orchard's second phase of creation was commissioned by The Place as part of Choreodrome 2018 and funded through an Arts Council National Lottery Grant. Orchard  is supported by The PlaceAerowaves Twenty19 & #SWDancing2019.

Past Performances:  

The Place - Resolution 2018 - London, UK

Artsadmin - BANNER 2018 - London, UK

The Place - Resolution Replay 2018 - London, UK

The Place - LiveVibe 2018 - London, UK 

BORA BORA - 2019 - Aarhus, Denmark

MAC Val - Spring Forward Festival 2019 - Val - de -MarneFrance 

                                     TIMBER

Currently a work in development, TIMBER began as an investigation into how an audience's perception can be subverted so that objects are perceived to have autonomy equal to that of the performers. Scrutinising the interplay between monotony, rhythm, suspension and risk, TIMBER has become a spatial choreographic study: one where animate and inanimate forms are used as players in a hypnotic composition.

Past Sharings: 

Artsadmin as part of BANNER 2018, Rich Mix as part of a shared double bill with Tate n Lyle, 2018, The Place at Touch Wood 2018 & The Place at Dance Umbrella Studio Sessions 2018.

Upcoming Residencies: 

This summer/autumn TIMBER will undergo a second phase of creation. This period of research & development is supported by residencies with The Place through Choreodrome 2019, The Wellcome Collection & Pavilion Dance South West

Elinor Lewis with Hannah Parsons.  Photography courtesy of  Greg Goodale & Tom Elkins. 

 

 
 

                         SIX DOORS TO SIX BEDS

Six Doors to Six Beds uses six rectangular frames to explore the disposable nature of city living. Throughout the piece, the performer systematically completes the task of balancing the frames in the space, before defiantly knocking them to the ground, like a flimsy set of dominoes. The piece explores how, for many people, the time constraints and financial implications of city life can cause a deterioration of the comprehension of Home. Within a city patterns of transience are the norm, so that few spend enough time in their city homes to appreciate their comfort. Home is reduced to little more than a door to a bed.  

Elinor Lewis. Photography courtesy of Thutuka Sibisi.

                                  AURAL.EFFECT.

Aural.Effect. is a thirty minute sonic driven movement improvisation Elinor Lewis created in collaboration with audiovisual artist and 2014 Bloomsberg New Contemporary Jessica Bunyard. The solo explores the politics of spectatorship by challenging the audience to experience a predominantly visual performance form through hearing alone.  Performed in January 2017 at The  Bluecoat,  Liverpool on invitation from INHABIT.

Elinor Lewis. Photography courtesy of Jessica Bunyard. 

                                     OR AND

Or And  is a performance art piece that looks at Eisenstein’s use of cinematic montage in Battleship Potemkin. The piece is primarily an investigation into whether montage can be achieved live on stage to isolate fragments of escalating human action. Or And exposes the escalating struggles of four vulnerable characters, each isolated from one another within their own pool of light. Each character's pool of light is intermittently switched on or off throughout the performance, juxtaposing the escalating action of different characters. Performed in The George Wood Theatre, London December 2016.

Elinor Lewis, Alphina Wu, Beatrice Benedek, Curt Parr &  MJ Ashton.  Photography courtesy  of Ana Vincente.

                                      BOX

Box is a movement performance piece, a playful investigation into limitation and the assimilation of object into body. The piece was performed in a studio sharing at Goldsmiths College,  London in November 2016.

Elinor Lewis. Photography courtesy of Sarah Dufayard.

  HORIZONTAL THEORY


Elinor Lewis contributed a filmed choreographic component to jewellery artist Margherita Potenza's installation exhibition Horizontal Theory. The contemplative fifteen minute solo compliments the serenity of the installation which is based on a critique of the dysfunctional mechanics of contemporary existence. Exhibited at the Royal College of Art in July 2016 and featured in Adbusters Magazine in September 2017.

Elinor Lewis. Photography courtesy of Margherita Potenza & Sophie Vitelli.

                                   HUIS CLOS

Elinor Lewis co-founded HUIS CLOS with Beatrix Joyce and Deborah Gaugerenques in December 2014. HUIS CLOS was an initiative that supported emerging artists.  The platform organised and promoted the creation of four new interdisciplinary collaborations, culminating in a four day London exhibition at  hARTS Lane  Studios,  May  2015.

Graphics courtesy of Deborah Gaugerenques & Eloise Harris.

                                   SESSION I


Session I is a photographic series of portraits that explores how chance and analogue film  deterioration effects the way the subject is perceived. 

 

                     EEVA PROCESSES INFORMATION

Eeva Processes Information is a 20 minute choreographic study that explores the self as a conduit for human experience and was performed at The Bonnie Bird Theatre, London   April 2013 and Abeerance, London  October 2014.

Eeva Juutinen.  Photography courtesy of James Keates.