Elena performs the classical and neo-classical Odissi repertoire, as taught by her gurus Sujata and Ratikant Mohapatra. While presenting a crisp and rigorous rendition of the dance technique, Elena's performances equally show a keen understanding and felt embodiment of the stylistic, philosophical and cultural subtleties which underpin this dance form. In line with traditional Indian aesthetics, Elena's ultimate goal in performance is to share with the audience the experience of rasa: a inner, although fleeting, sense of fulfilment.
In addition to her Odissi performances, Elena has also collaborated with a number of visual artists and musicians, based in Europe and India, in the creation of original works. Her interest in the embodiment of cultural values and construction of individual and collective identities in dance has brought her to develop an ethnographic approach to contemporary performance, which she defines as 'ethnochoreography'. In the past, she has used ethnochoreographic processes to explore the memory of place, liminal states of the body and the mind, and ritual gestures.
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