Come see Doug's piece "The Weight of Smoke" during Paul Taylor American Modern Dance season at Lincoln Center March 8 - 26, 2017 

"The Weight of Smoke"  will be presented on:

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2pm

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8pm

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WORLD PREMIERES of Doug's film "A Hundred Indecisions" and brand new piece "O, round desire" along with "Mo(or)town/Redux" at Peak Performances at Montclair State University in NJ

Thursday, April 20 - Sunday, April 23, 2017  

**post-show conversation with Doug following the performance on Saturday, April 22

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"A Hundred Indecisions" produced by The Office of Arts & Cultural Programming as part of the Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University with funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"O, round desire" commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University.



Doug in conversation with David Neumann as part of the Words on Dance series at Baryshnikov Arts Center

Come hear the two artists in conversation including video clips of their work and Q&A!

May 25, 2016 at 7PM

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Excerpts of Hapless Bizarre at VICTORY DANCE at The New Victory Theater in NYC

July 14, 2016 at 7PM

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Hapless Bizarre and Mo(or)town/Redux at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida

October 13 - 15, 2016

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Check out the profile of a rehearsal day with Doug and dancers rehearsing "Hapless Bizarre" in Dance Magazine by Siobhan Burke!



Doug Elkins’ repertory of 38 works was created with funding from, among others, The Pew Charitable Trust, The Jerome Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light and Public Imaginations programs, Sequoia Foundation, Altria, and The National Endowment for the Arts.


Citation, 2008 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Frӓulein Maria
For creating a tender, rollicking excursion at Joe’s Pub called "Fräulein Maria", which took us from the snow-capped peaks of Hollywood through the worlds of “downtown” dance, Martha Graham, Willi Ninja, Balanchine, Hip-Hop, Voguing, Stepping, stomping, whirling, and flying like wild geese with the moon on their wings.


Citation, 1997 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement
For walking the walk as well as talking the talk, not to mention utterly tanking what’s left of post-modernist pretension, all the while fashioning a singular provocative poetics of dancing, in "The Stuff of Recoiling" and "Center My Heart".


  • Repertory (selected)
  • The Weight of Smoke 2016 *commissioned and performed by Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
  • Hapless Bizarre 2014
  • Mo(or)town/Redux 2012
  • Fraulein Maria 2006
  • Wrench(ed) 2001
  • Wholly Matrimony 2000
  • Last Train To Philly 1999-2000
  • In Winter Stand 1999
  • Bipolarbear NOS 1998
  • Center My Heart 1996
  • Roda 1997
  • Narcoleptic Lovers 1995
  • Bite the Wax Tadpole 1995
  • Scott, Queen of Marys 1994
  • The Stuff of Recoiling 1992
  • Where Was Yvonne Rainer When I Had Saturday Night Fever? 1991
  • Mo(or)town 1990
  • The Testosterone Diversions 1989
  • The Patrooka Variations 1988