actress and performing artist

actress and performing artist

The tall

A timeline:

2000: She travels to Ghana, where she learns stilt dancing from Anchor's Masquerade Society in Cape Coast. She is initiated as a stilt performer with a protection ritual in which she is placed in a circle of lit gunpowder while seven notches were cut into each of her big toes, and a special fortifying powder is rubbed into the wounds, entering her blood stream, and enabling her to channel powerful forces in precarious situations...

2002: She begins performing as Hilda, the ten foot tall faux-German powerhouse, with Anonymous Ensemble's underground rock theater outfit The Best, which performs all over NYC, as well as Berlin and Australia through 2007.

2004: She begins to perform on stilts in a range of nightclubs, music videos, short films.

2004: She performs a marriage in the air on stilts in Mabou Mines Red Beads, at MassMoca and the Skirball Center, NYC

2005: On a whim, she travels to Mexico with her self-made red wooden stilts, happens to find the stilters of Zachilla Mexico, and joins them for their yearly festival of San Sebastian, where the all male group dress half as men and half as women. Her stilts are exactly the same height as theirs. They are initially slightly confused about an actual woman at eye level, but all goes well.

2005: She begins performing on stilts and as an actress in Mabou Mines' Dollhouse, which tours to Israel, Hong Kong, Australia, Edinburgh, Madrid, Singapore, Italy, Greece, Korea, Columbia, the U.S. and Moskow through 2011

2007: While on a jaunt to a Botanical Garden in mainland China, she comes across a stilt performance. The stilters let her join them for a little while, and before long there is a local television crew making news of it.

Photo: Kenny Mathieson
2008: Along with Anonymous Ensemble she creates Wanderlust, a one-woman stilted tour-de-force, which performs at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. It is nominated for a Total Theatre award in Experiment and Innovation.

Photo: Kenny Mathieson
2009: The performance of Wanderlust in the Edinburgh Fringe leads to a U.K. tour which also includes the Hilda and Gretel Cabaret, at Latitude Festival, Jackson's Lane, Madame JoJo's, Stratford Circus.

2011: Performing on stilts in a collaboration with the National Opera of Greece, in Anonymous Ensemble's Turing Opera. Playing MIRA, a superhuman computer chatbot who orchestrates an opera.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes
2014: Collaborating for the first time with long time friend Aki Sasamoto in her Sunny in the Furnace at the Kitchen, NYC.  Looking at the stilts as a structural tool within Aki's landscape. Channelling the secret singer songwriter in the ex girlfriend wig.

2015: In the forest
 Ellipsa MG, the folk singer-songwriter who was revealed in a dream

2015, 2016: Performing Braid, a autobiographical fantasy of the ten foot tall hippie singer-writer Ellipsa MG. At NC Stage in Asheville and FiveMyles in Brooklyn.

2016: Ellipsa in Berlin, research for Songs from a Tall Room

NYC Venues:
St Ann's Warehouse, Skirball Center, LaMama's, P.S.122, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Museum of the City of New York,Webster Hall, The Pyramid Club, The Belt, The Chocolate Factory, The Ohio Theater, Chashama, The Makor, Marqee, Arena, The Box, The Park, Element, The Annex, Carnival,The Delancey, Parkside Lounge, Galapagos, Sin-E, Parkside Lounge, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Powerhouse (Brisbane, Austalia), Festival D'Otono (Madrid), La Guellaguetza (Zaachila, Mexico) Anchor's Masquerade Society (Cape Coast, Ghana), Festival Iberoamericano (Bogota, Columbia), Epidaurus Festival (Athens, Greece), Auditorium (Rome, Italy), LG Arts Center (Singapore), Neuropolis Festival (Berlin), Norwegian Fashion Awards (Oslo, Norway), Edinburgh International Theater Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland) Latitude Festival, (UK), Jackson's Lane Theater (London, UK) Madame JoJo's (London, UK), Maly Theater (Moskow) Olympia Theater, National Opera of Greece (Athens),