Who is She?
Eliza Malecki is a queer Cambridge based dancer, choreographer, administrator, producer, and creative leader from central Massachusetts with a degree in dance from Goucher College. Eliza is known for her quirky and inventive movement aesthetic, human centered creative approach, joy based practices, multidisciplinary collaborations, and unique sense of humor which is woven into everything she creates. Her work pulls from contemporary dance, dance theater, stand up comedy, social dance, and aspects of the human experience including our habits, everyday gestures, pop culture, friendships, and family. There is an element of nostalgia that lives inside Eliza’s work, making her work evocative of warm memories and the joy we carry over from childhood. Her driving question when creating new work is "how can I create serious art that does not need to take itself seriously?"
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Eliza’s choreographic projects have been funded by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the Transformative Development Initiative, the Maine Arts Commission, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Eliza has been a resident artist at Bearnstow (ME), The Iron Factory (PA), The City of Lawrence (MA), and the Studios at Mass MoCA (MA). Eliza is a founding member of The Picnic Sisters, a quirky dancing duo comprised of herself and collaborator Molly Hess. Her production credits include Laugh Track (2019), Social Disdancing (2020), Jamaica Plain Porchfest (2021, 2022, 2023), Almost Normal Almost Party (2021), and Flow and Gather (2022). Her most recent projects have been exploring the intersections of dance and fashion. In collaboration with stylist Mary O’Keefe, she choreographed dance fashion show Traffic Jam (2023) showcasing the designs of local designer WowQing. Eliza and Mary are continuing to build out more dance and fashion collaborations in 2024.
Eliza has had the pleasure of performing for Natalie Johnson Dance, Molly Hess Dance Projects, Grant Jacoby and Dancers, Catherine Siller, Luminarium Dance, Audrey Maclean, and Eventual Dance Company. She is also a passionate arts administrator who has served organizations including Green Street Studios, Bearnstow, Masary Studios, and Dunamis Boston. A multifaceted artist and human being, Eliza also has professional and nonprofessional experience in stage management, chocolate slinging, jewelry design, doll hair styling, interior design, collaging, kayaking, thrifting, styling, and critiquing reality television.
Keep up with Eliza via instagram @slinkymalecki