“Blue Room” Reviewed in The New York Times

“...He later returned with Ms. Demyanenko for the first half of “Blue Room.” Mr.O’Connor’s lighting transformed the stage to a fiery orange-red. But even so, the temperature of “Blue Room,” set to spare music by Nick Brooke and Ian Chen, remained coolly minimal...”

Blue Room had a successful world premiere at New York Live Arts on Feb. 13-15, 2014. Here’s a review article written by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times:


A version of this review appears in print on February 17, 2014, on page C2 of the New York edition with the headline: Disparate Backgrounds but a Common Thread.

“Blue Room” US Premiere @ New York Live Arts

February 13-15, 2013, 7:30pm
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th Street
New York, NY
$20 general admission

A multi-media duet exploring relationship, Blue Room is a collaboration between Chinese artist Dai Jian and Russian-born Elena Demyanenko, recent alumni of Trisha Brown Dance Company. This evening of individual and paired works will unfold as a dialogue through myriad possible intricate and detailed existences. Two independent mind-bodies with different backgrounds, behaviors, languages and cultures suture together, provoking a third presence unique to each performance.

Sound Score: Ian Chen


“Blue Room” @ Beijing Dance Festival 2013

July 23, 2013, 2:00pm/6:00pm
Star Theatre No. 1
Xuanwumen Nei Dajie, 64 Chao Shou Hutong
Beijing, CHINA
$200 RMB general admission

Blue Room is a duet that explores relationships. It's an open dialogue defined by constant development and changes through myriad possible existences of two individuals with their background, behaviors, languages and culture. The artists hope to illuminate the co-existence of two fully equal independent minds and bodies in the same space and time. This may include harmony, collision, overlap, confrontation or mutual support. 

Conceived and Choreography: Dai JianElena Demyanenko
Sound Score: Ian Chen