September 7 + 8, 2019
RE:figuring gathers, shapes, and rearranges. Leslie Elkins and foursome performance partner with Corinne Karon to play with ordered motifs and improvised ephemera, delighting in the discovery of patterns, fleeting and continuing.
$15 / 60 minutes
Foursomeperformance originally began as a dance theater collective interested in making fun and funny performances that reveled in the humor and darkness of human nature. The founding members of Foursomeperformance, Leslie Elkins, Grace Mi-He Lee, Jeff Prall, and Darcy Sebright, premiered Part I of their American Trilogy: The Pursuit of Happiness/What’s Your Problem? in the 2007 Fringe Festival. American Idle: We’ll Be With You Shortly debuted at 3rd Street Gallery in Old City. Over the next two years they performed Part II American Idol: Who Made You Boss?/Wasn’t It You? and Part III American Idyll: Love Is In The Air/What’s That Smell? both at Angler Movement Arts Center in Fishtown.
Foursomeperformance continues as a dance theater collective led by Rowan University professor Leslie Elkins. Our mission is to bring a variety of people together to experiment and devise performances that can only happen when multiple bodies, minds, voices, and talents contribute to the work. Foursomeperformance currently consists of established artists, designers, and performers working in collaboration with emerging artists. Present members include Leslie Elkins, Corinne Karon, Elizabeth Jones, Lele Tran, Jeff Warden, Michelle Campbell, Stephanie Filippo, Molly Jo Gifford, and Jayce Williams.
In last year’s 2018 Fringe Festival, Foursomeperformance premiered Embracing the Liminal, and most recently performed as part of Breaking The Glass Ceiling: A Celebration of Women in Choreography at Rowan University. Embracing the Liminal is a structured improvisational work considering transitional spaces and what it feels like “in-between,” from undone to finished, uncertainty to clarity, and indetermination to progress. We continually question these feelings; how we can feel simultaneously alone but supported, synchronized but messy, energized but afraid to breathe.
This year we are presenting RE:figuring, a performance that plays with ordered motifs and improvised ephemera. We are shaping and rearranging movements, sounds, images, and props all in an effort to discover patterns, both fleeting and continuing.