Eleanor Goudie-Averill is a dance educator and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, and the University of Kansas. Ellie has danced professionally for a variety of choreographers, including Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, and Bronwen MacArthur, and was in Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater for five seasons. Her choreography has been shown at Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kimmel Center’s International Festival for the Arts, RAW Material, and the Lawrence Arts Center. She is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works. Ellie currently teaches creative movement and Ballet at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a progressive education school in the West Village, and will join the dance department at Connecticut College as a Ballet teacher in Spring 2018.
Eleanor will be bringing her work in progress, ordinary ode, to HATCH on November 25th.
ordinary ode, the piece that I will be presenting, is a solo that I have been working on since Spring 2017. I began the process at an artists residency at Djerassi in California, where I was working with Tori Lawrence + Co. on a new film, but was also able to find some studio time for myself. It is helpful for me to present the piece at this stage because I have been alone with the material and need outside eyes to help me realize if my intentions are coming through (like reading something aloud that you have been working through on the page for some time). The movements are clear, set, and separate, like the words of a poem, and I want to make sure that they are legible. This way of moving is different for me, as I often work more with momentum and drive through space. I want to see if I can hold the space with simplicity and look forward to finding out how this will feel with an audience. I am also curious about the use of sound in the work, and hope to get some feedback on the score.
Generally, the most rewarding dancers for me to work with are those who take an active role in the process, who mine and explore the material on their own, who maintain an active participation in their performance of the material rather that simply repeating or memorizing steps. Since I am working as my own dancer in the process, I am trying to strive to embody these ways of working.
I have lived in NYC on and off since 2007, and have been back since this summer to live for a longer period of time. I know that in the beautiful and terrible chaos of the city, it is important to carve out a space for yourself to live, to find privacy and comfort. Finding this dailiness, daily rituals, and self care while still remaining present and open to others, are important to the core of this piece. The piece explores finding happiness in the ordinary, and, like in Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things, to find fascination in everyday objects… the glorious shape of a spoon, one’s relationship to a tea kettle, etc. No matter how chaotic the world gets, we are lucky if we are still able to have these daily rituals, time and space to brush our teeth, for instance, and a safe space to live as we take joy in the simple things in our lives.
The audience at Hatch should look forward to a solo that celebrates the ordinary, and a full presence of being… I will bring myself entirely to the stage, to give a simple work of thanks, and will be grateful to everyone who comes out to watch and be a part. Hope to see you there!