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Jack and Diane


An umbrella project exploring "open source choreography."

For more, please see the project page here.


(2023) Created with Alfonso Cervera

Planted in the fields of Illinois, we meet by chance.

What resonates in the rhythms of our four feet?

What do we build that withstands physical distance?

What queer future can we become? We continue to wonder.

Photos by Ricardo Adame


(2021) Rendered via experimental video, improvisational dance practice, written archive, and photographic still, and accompanied by costumes designed by Latina-futurist, Larissa Almansa, MASCCHAOS imagines a choreographic microcosmos from beginning to vibratory end. With the shared knowledge of a cohort of women, queer, and non-binary co-authors from across the United States, Emadian chronicles the practice of seeing, watching, echoing, and of a shared experience of dancing alone together.

The work is accompanied by a virtual webbing of the interactions between Emadian and collaborators, and is being chronicled via instagram and blogging


(2020) Directed by Latrelle Bright with musical direction by Dr. Julie Jordan Gunn. This joint production celebrating Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. In a historical moment marching toward unimagined horrors, a sexually free cabaret Emcee guides us on a journey through the lives of the naïve, the passive, the respectable, the nationalistic, the fervent, and the optimistic while exposing the hypocrisy of the Nazi party’s decadence before its power crashes down upon them in 1930 Berlin.

(2020) explores the exhaustion of queer existence through the dynamics of gravity and falling. Throwing into high relief questions surrounding singularness, the solo form, loss, and legibility, the work features original costume design, sound design, and lighting design in addition to choreography by Elliot Reza Emadian. Blurring boundaries of improvisational and set form, entropy fades into and out of focus on an energetic rollercoaster through hyper-saturated, hyper-physical phrasing, traversing the space of the dance and slingshotting the gaze of performance out through some "audience" into a future, looking back on the present.  

see the work here

Photos by Sara Dotterer