Pluripotency

Pluripotency is a collaboration between scientist Dr. Laura Grabel and choreographer Elizabeth Johnson exploring stem cells and the ethical implications of stem cell research. Funded by New Haven Arts Council Reintegrate program. Wesleyan University, 2013. 2 minute excerpts include a solo with Elizabeth Johnson and a section featuring members of the Grabel Lab.

JMU DNA Dance on the Quad

Take 4,000 freshmen, 280 orientation leaders, two strands of DNA and one Quad, add a liberal dose of dance moves, courtesy of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and you get an "epic" experience! JMU's first-year students celebrated the beginning of their Madison Experience with a unique collaboration of science and the arts. They expressed their thoughts and reactions to "The DNA Age," a series of articles written by Amy Harmon for The New York Times, to movement in dance on JMU's Quad.

Where Meta Meets Mini

A dance exploring the biology of cellular respiration. Concept and direction by Elizabeth Johnson and Daniel Zook.  Created with and for the freshman dance ensemble at James Madison University. Performed in Harrisonburg, VA in November, 2011.

Cell Dance

A video dance created with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for the exhibit "Cells The Universe Inside Us" at the Maryland Science Center. Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson, video by Logan Kibens.

Cells the Universe Inside Us: Mitosis

Created with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for the "Cells The Universe Inside Us" exhibit at Maryland Science Center.  Elizabeth Johnson (choreographer) and Logan Kibens (video).

Cells Are the Building Blocks of Life

Created with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as part of "Cells The Universe Inside Us" exhibit at Maryland Science Center. Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson, video by Logan Kibens.

Join the Dance

Join the Dance was a mixed abilities dance work commissioned by the Minnesota Chorale in partnership with the Courage Center and Young Dance. Choreographed by Elizabeth Johnson and Cassie Meador, a project of Dance Exchange. November 2011.

MLK

Another Song from the Bridges concert of the Minnesota Chorale. Performance at the SPCO Center in St. Paul, MN November 19, 2011. The MN Chorale in collaboration with Courage Center, the Dance Exchange, VSA MN and Young Dance. Kathy Romey, conducting. CHorography by Elizabeth Johnson and Cassie Meador

Sagitta

Minnesota Chorale Bridges performance November 2011 at the SPCO Center. World premier of Sagitta by Mary Ellen Childs. Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson and Cassie Meador.

A site-based mixed abilities duet created with a for Sarah Della Cramer and Allyson Yoder. Performed informally as part of the opening of a disabilities studies symposium at Arizona State University's School of Social Transformation. Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson and the dancers.

A Mother Daughter Distance Dance

A virtually connected dance involving incarcerated mothers and their daughters. Hosted by Arizona State University Art Museum as part of  "It's Not Just Black or White" exhibit with artist Gregory Sale. 2 minute introduction by the artists with excerpts from the work.

Courtyard Rehearsal: Mother Daughter Distance Dance

Working with mothers at Estrella jail in preparation for the dance they would share with their daughters over skype in a virtually connected dance workshop.

It's not just black and white: a 5 min introduction with artist Gregory Sale

Mesa Takes Flight

An intergenerational community dance commissioned by Mesa Arts Center in 2012. Video looks into the process of creation with interviews and footage from rehearsals and performance. Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson.  Video produced by Arizona ArtBeat, a product of AZ PBS.

Mesa Spark! Creativity Festival (pictures and reflections)

Integenerational community dance commissioned by Mesa Arts Center for the Spark! Creativity Festival. Compilation of images and reflections by the dancers. March 2013.

Cell Dance at Center Stage Studios

Created with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Inspired by "Cells the Universe Inside Us" exhibit at Maryland Science Center. Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson and dancers, video by Logan Kibens.

At Home in the Desert

Understanding desert ecology and sustainability issues through dance, spoken word, and digital storytelling. Arizona State University's Herberger Institute with South Mountain High School, Arizona Cactus/Pine Council Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Tempe AZ. Funded by ASU's Institute for Humanities Research and the National Endowment for the Arts. 2 minute video excerpts by Jessica Rajko with photos by Sean Deckert.

Where Meta Meets Mini

A dance exploring the biology of cellular respiration. Concept and direction by Elizabeth Johnson and Daniel Zook.  Created with and for the freshman dance ensemble at James Madison University. Performed in Harrisonburg, VA in November, 2011.

Board Room Dance

Choreography by Elizabeth Johnson with Aaron Landsman dancers Katie Chilton, Jeff McMahon and Kris Pourzal. Commissioned by ASU Gammage as part of Aaron Landsman's "Appointment." 2 minute excerpts from rehearsal, April 2014. Music by T. Griffin.

JMU DNA Dance on the Quad

Take 4,000 freshmen, 280 orientation leaders, two strands of DNA and one Quad, add a liberal dose of dance moves, courtesy of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and you get an "epic" experience! JMU's first-year students celebrated the beginning of their Madison Experience with a unique collaboration of science and the arts. They expressed their thoughts and reactions to "The DNA Age," a series of articles written by Amy Harmon for The New York Times, to movement in dance on JMU's Quad.

Artist Statement and Work Samples

Elizabeth Johnson 2010 Artist Statement with video excerpts from her work as part of "Cells The Universe Inside Us" and New Haven's Arts and Ideas Festival Finale.