Elke Luyten, originally from Hasselt, Belgium, currently lives and works in New York City. Luyten is a performing artist who has worked with Thomas Leabhart, Marina Abramović, and Robert Wilson. This past summer she performed at the Manchester International Festival in the acclaimed new work by Robert Wilson called The Life and Death of Marina Abramović. Luyten is the first to receive the position of Artist Advisor at the Watermill Center. Kira Alker, a native of San Francisco, holds a Master’s in Performance Studies from NYU.

Luyten and Alker have been creating original movement performances together since 2003. Their work has been showcased internationally at such venues as the REDCAT in Los Angeles, the International Conference on Performance Art Theory in Mexico, the Dream Shot Festival in Belgium and the Honen-in Temple in Japan. In their work, they are looking for an accumulation of energy in the performer’s body that could lead to a transformative experience.

During their Swing Space residency, Luyten and Alker will develop a piece that investigates the fundamental difficulties and paradoxes of the act of performing, searching for moments of vulnerability within the performer’s body. We focus on the simple process of executing tasks, striving to overcome the tendency to remain unchanged.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist