Sunday Times Dance Feature

Misnomer was featured in the New York Times Dance section on Sunday 11/23/08. Here is an excerpt:

The Misnomer dancers Chris Elam, left, and Dorian Nuskind-Oder in a video still of their company’s work.

Published: November 21, 2008

THE choreographer Chris Elam makes strange, contorted dances in which people knot themselves into compact sculptural forms, tangling their limbs with another’s in what can look like a fervent attempt at human connection. His company, Misnomer, tends to perform in downtown sites with few frills, and his apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is also his office headquarters.

Jaki Levy

A company rehearsal goes live over the Web.

These details would suggest that Mr. Elam is yet another talent pursuing his personal vision on the fringes of the contemporary dance scene. That definition would be far too limiting for Mr. Elam.

Over the last few years, in addition to garnering critical kudos for his choreography, Mr. Elam has become a pioneer in a challenging endeavor for an art form reliant on live performance: enabling dance to use the Internet as effectively as music and film have.