Dissertation or MRP title:
Performing “Truth and Reconciliation”: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Going Home Star and the ghost of Rita Joe
Elan is a dancer and scholar from Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she served as Dance Director of the Chai Folk Ensemble, a troupe of dancers and musicians who embody traditional and contemporary Israeli and World music. Her academic and artistic pursuits have taken her across Canada, the United States, Ireland, Israel and Mexico. She holds a BA Honours degree in Sociology and BA in Art History from the University of Winnipeg, and a Master’s degree in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. Dance shapes her projects on performances of embodiment and memory where audience members become witnesses to past events and are implicated within the ethics and politics of remembering and forgetting. The PhD Program in Theatre and Performance Studies will mark a new turn in her research as she delves into contemporary gendered racial violence surrounding representations of indigenous lifeworlds in Canada.
Elan is a member of the International Dance Council CID and a contributor to the forthcoming publication The Art of Public Mourning: Remembering Air India, co-edited by Chandrima Chakaborty, Amber Dean, and Angela Failler.
What you like to do when you aren’t being a grad student
Attend and perform in dance shows, digital photography and hot yoga.