“While the border seeks to prevent one from crossing, the threshold seems to invite such a crossover

“While the border seeks to prevent one from crossing, the threshold seems to invite such a crossover. […] While borders create clear divisions, thresholds mark a space of possibilities, empowerment, and metamorphosis. (…) the aesthetics of the performative aims at a border-crossing art, this means that it transforms borders into thresholds. The aesthetic of the performative allows for an art of passage”
Erika Fischer-Lichte

There are many barriers to human connection in this moment in history. dis/placed is an experiment in building new emotional and physical thresholds that cross the borders of time, space, and nationality. Two performers from two different continents (Los Angeles and Amsterdam) meet in a room. Through a combination of streaming technologies, movement, and voice, the performers conjure a new kind of togetherness, reviving a sense of physical connection despite our social and geographical distance.

// WHEN: December 4th (Friday), 20:30 (Tallinn time)
// WHERE: https://elektron.live/displaced

by Rourou Ye, Avan Omer, Mary Notari

// Rourou Ye //
Rourou Ye is a dance artist born and raised in China, and currently based in New York City. She trained rigorously in Chinese dance over 10 years, followed by studies in contemporary American and European dance and theater practices In 2015, she left her position as an instructor and choreographer in the Musical Theater department at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, one of China’s top conservatories, and relocated to the USA to pursue her dance career as a freelancer.
She holds a BFA in Choreography from Shanghai Theater Academy and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. For the past three years, her work has been supported through Artist-in-Residency by GIBNEY, BAAD!, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Pepatian, Yangtze Repertory Theater of America and The Creators Collective. Her work has been presented by GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, The Field, Dixon Place, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, LMCC, Arts on Site, Austin Dance Festival(TX), Venice Art Factory (Italy), Seoul International Choreography Competition(Korea), and in China by Shanghai International Dance Festival, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beijing Dance Festival, and China Dance Forward (Hong Kong).


// Mary Notari //

Mary Notari is an interactive media and theater artist based in NYC. She is currently a second-year at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU where she studies interactive and new media art through the lens of performance. Recent work includes experiments with the internet browser as a site for theater making, expressive communication of data, and virtual production techniques. Previously, she worked as an actor and puppeteer in the downtown and experimental theater scene in NYC, as well as organized media interventions with the hacktivist group The Yes Men. She holds a BA in Theater from Oberlin College, studied at the MXAT School of Moscow through the National Theater Institute, and is an alum of EmergeNYC, a program for emerging artists-activists at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.


// Avan Omer //
Avan Omer was born and raised in South Kurdistan, Sulaimania, where she graduated from the University of Fine Arts in 2004. She received her MA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) ArtEZ Master of Fine Art in Arnhem, 2014–2017. Her work can be interpreted as a description of the body, as a commentary on culture generally and on gender particularly. She has worked within many different mediums. Most recently, she has worked in performance as a means of exploring her ideas through body, text, and voice. She continues to show work in a number of group exhibitions, projects, and workshops, as well as in solo shows that are exhibited in different locations in Kurdistan, the Netherlands, and France, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey. Currently she is based in The Netherlands.

/// the performance is a result of an online residency "JUST A STAGE" that was held in the frame of artistic&experimental program "fruitful misunderstandings. art+science" mentored by Vera Iona Papadopoulou, Ray LC, Taavet Jansen, Andrus Aaslaid, Kristjan Jansen, curated by Bohdana Korohod ///