Doug Elkins is regarded as the first choreographer to successfully blend together street dance, ballet, and modern dance. He is the recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards including two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards, and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellowship. During his last DANCEworks residency, Elkins cleverly combined Shakespeare’s Othello with the music of Motown for an unforgettable mashup.
He began his dance career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others. Elkins has been hailed by The New York Times as, “one of the most musical, witty and inventive choreographers of his generation.”
During his DANCEworks residency, Elkins and his company created “Kintsugi” – based on the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer resin mixed with gold. The literal translation is “golden joinery:” the process transforms broken pieces into objects of beauty – the art of embracing damage. The pristine is less beautiful than the broken. Read the review