Elan Marchinko

Dissertation or MRP title:
Performing 'Truth and Reconciliation': A Critical Analysis of Staging Canadian Colonial Violence through Dance


photo of Elan MarchinkoElan is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Treaty One Territory—the ancestral lands of the Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. She is the former Dance Director and Choreographer of the Chai Folk Ensemble, a troupe of artists who embody Jewish and intercultural performance across the Diaspora. A Vanier Doctoral Scholar, Elan is specifically interested in the role of dance in Indigenous led productions where settler artists who collaborate on these works become implicated in the colonial present through their embodiment of it.

Elan's writing on dance and public memory has been featured in The Dance Current, Canadian Theatre Review, InTensions Online Journal, and the co-edited book The Art of Public Mourning: Remembering Air India. Respectively, she is an artistic contributor and an embedded performance researcher with Toronto-based companies ParaSoul Dance and Signal Theatre.

What you like to do when you aren’t being a grad student
Practice Flamenco dance and do hot yoga.

photo of a woman dancing

Photo credit Jordan Nepon.