Wendy Perron: Words of Wisdom and Curiosity from Doug Elkins

Marina Levitskaya

Kyle Marshall, Donnell Oakley, Elias Rosa, and Cori Marquis in 'Mo(or)town/Redux' by Doug Elkins.

"After a program of Doug Elkins' works last Saturday, I moderated a post-performance talk with him. This was part of the high-powered Peak Performances series at Montclair State University in New Jersey, in which Doug premiered a film and a new dance and reprised his popular Mo(or)town/Redux. Students from MSU as well as Rutgers, where Doug teaches, were in the new piece, O, round desire. Doug is a wild one to interview because his mind races all over the place. But he's also terrifically entertaining, so I had the feeling the audience was hanging on his every word—and every impromptu sound effect. Here are a few of his scintillating remarks, lacking exactness due to the fallibility of my memory:

"'I swim in many oceans, and I sample from each one.'

'I don't have one train of thought; I have a whole squadron of planes of thought.'"

For more 'Dougisms,' read the complete piece by Wendy Perron on dancemagazine.com.