GET OFF (2017)









Choreography: Elle Hong in collaboration with Thomas Reid
Dancers: Elle Hong & Thomas Reid
Lighting Design: Chelsie McPhilimy
Music: Oneohtrix Point Never, College, Chromatics, Vanessa Carlton
Videography: Brendan Plake
Photography: Ella Israeli


NOTE: This work was choreographed and presented in conversation with Sarah Mark Mininsohn’s “starry-eyed lizard duets.” Credits for this piece are as follows:

Choreography: Sarah Marks Mininsohn and dancers
Dancers: Lu Donovan, Elle Hong, Sarah Marks Mininsohn, Thomas Reid, Colleen Winslow
Lighting Design: Chelsie McPhilimy
Music: Nathan Johnson With the Cinematic Underground, Avey Tare, Lesley Gore, Animal Collective, René Aubry
Videography: Brendan Plake
Photography: Ella Israeli


Premiered at the Patricelli '92 Theater @ Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), April 2017.


GET OFF is a contemporary pas de deux choreographed by Elle Hong in collaboration with Thomas Reid. Utilizing a largely heterocentric, “recognizable” modality within American concert dance, the two dancers consider the role of the social body within dance to pave way for greater freedom, queering, and pleasure. The process for GET OFF largely involved delineating choreographies of power: what ways have we been trained to be in our bodies based on how we are perceived, versus what ways of moving become possible in committing towards our individual/collective liberation? GET OFF highlights the humanistic qualities that emerge through queer companionship such as anxiety, tension, longing, and love – leaving space for all in learning how to be better to ourselves and one another.



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