Elliot Reza Emadian is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and scholar. Their work occurs in the intersection of dance and choreography, video art and editing, and sound and music. Elliot has presented their choreographic work all through the Midwest and East Coast including at the Ailey Citigroup Theater and Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan, NY, the Center for Performance Research and Triskelion Center for the Arts in Brookyln, NY, and the Boston Center for the Arts.
Video mediation has been a consistent choreographic tool for Elliot since they began making work. They move reflexively between live and recorded material as a method for eluding or elucidating the failures of either. They have created video works in several genres including lyric videos, music videos, and screen dances. Most recently, they were commissioned by Links Hall in Chicago, IL to create MASCCHAOS as part of the 2021 Co-MISSION festival of new works.
Elliot sits at the intersection of disability, neurodivergence, and queerness. They hold a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from W&L University and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They currently work as administrator, assistant media coordinator, and lecturer for Dance at Illinois.