Ayano Elson is a choreographer, designer, and performer. Ayano was born on Okinawa—a small island in southern Japan—and through process-based collaboration, her choreography creates ever-changing landscapes. She has had the privilege to perform in the works of her favorite artists: Kim Brandt, Jessica Cook, devynn emory, and Simone Forti at Danspace, Guggenheim Museum, the Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, Pioneer Works, Roulette, and SculptureCenter.


Choreography allows me to create a landscape that I can fall into and hide within. Motivated by the desire to use performance as a material to evoke the quiet yet dramatic landscapes of Okinawa, Japan, my work investigates the ways in which the body and physical space can articulate environmental phenomena and intangible concepts. The research I’ve conducted addresses a cluster of physical, aesthetic, and sociopolitical concerns: the performance of silence, the construction of the body in motion, and the value and division of time.