Genre-Defying Participatory Dance Performance 'Waist High & Elbow Deep' to Debut in Akron in April


Megan Elk began performing in opera and musical theater before settling on the stage name Miss Alexandra Huntingdon and hitting the Cleveland clubs. A self-proclaimed "rust-belt glamour queen," she describes her music as original songs with a retro-pop/cabaret sensibility.

Now, she’s co-developed a new genre-defying performance, Waist High & Elbow Deep. Elk developed the concept with 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow Megan Young, a part-time faculty member at Kent State University and theater/dance faculty at Beck Center for the Performing arts in Lakewood.

The cast includes Angela Luem, Meghan Murphy-Sanchez and Penelope Hearne as well as local artists Amanda Clark Tanruther, Trina Hines, Emily Austin and Marcia Custer. Waist High & Elbow Deep aims to present performers as “surrogates, objects, and proxies — directed by viewer participants.”

Elk provides the original sound score. The work will have its local premiere at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at the New World Performance Labe in Akron as part of the Center for Applied Theater & Active Culture series in Akron. Tickets are available now for $10, $5 for students. 

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