Elena Demyanenko

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MFA Fellow

Elena Demyanenko was a member of Trisha Brown and Stephen Petronio Dance Companies, which premiered original choreography at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, and other venues. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts and EMPAC Dance Movies commissions and a Jerome Robbins Fellowship.


Demyanenko is a Russian-born graduate of the Academy of Theatrical Arts (Moscow) and has been performing, teaching, and choreographing in New York City since 2001. She was a member of Stephen Petronio Company from 2003 to 2008 and a member of Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2009 to 2012. Her long list of performance credits includes Martha Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights and Continuous Replay with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and a lengthy engagement as guest artist with Riverdance.

As a recipient of a Jerome Robbins Fellowship for the creation of new work, Demyanenko premiered Disparate Bodies with Joe Poulson at Baryshnikov Arts Center (2011). Blue Room (2014), recently premiered in collaboration with Dai Jian and commissioned by New York Live Arts, was described by The New York Times as “luxurious” and “eloquently meticulous” (Kourlas). Also a maker of dance film, Demyanenko was the recipient of an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission and was nominated for the Dance on Camera Jury Prize for her work on Kino Eye. Her other works have been shown at many venues including Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Red Bean, Wow, and Architecture of Movement Festival, Yaroslavl, Russia. Other than Bennington College, Demyanenko’s recent teaching engagements include University of Utah, Danscentrum (Stockholm), Pomona University (Claremont, California), Milano Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi, TSEKH Summer School (Moscow), UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), and PARTS (Brussels). Demyanenko was a visiting faculty member for Fall 2013 and then joined the Bennington faculty in Fall 2014. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Bennington.