I don't believe in culture ... I believe in encounters. -- Gilles Deleuze

Irina Kruchinina and Scarlett Wynne

Sunday November 19th 2-6 pm

Dance Universe

A durational improvisation performance – a set of encounters between two people, two artists, a dancer and a poet. Responding to each other in their respective languages (dance and poetry), they attempt to understand each other through the interplay between the rhythms and figures of speech and gesture.


Irina Kruchinina was born in Moscow, Russia. She is an interdisciplinary performance artist and scholar exploring poetry as intermedia between various modes of human expressions. Irina previously staged I sea you at Yes We Cannibal in the Spring of 2023. She received her two M.A. degrees in the Swedish Language and Western World Literature from Moscow State University in Russia and in Performance Studies at the Department of Communication Studies at LSU. She also holds her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia in Athens.

She creates spectacles, installations, and dances in the form of poems exploring the metaphorical aspect of human experience. She abstracts physical elements from their contexts and rearranges them in a poetic manner, by rhythmic, acoustic, visionary, associative, and other intuitively palpated correlations. Focusing on the process of creating phrases that intertranslate musical, embodied, verbal, and virtual lines of thoughts, she approaches live arts as a medium of communication. She has been actively collaborating with Music, Art, Theater, Dance, and Digital Media artists directing, devising, choreographing, dancing, creating and animating visual art.

Scarlett Wynne was born in Cologne, Germany. She received her early dance training from her parents. She graduated from Belhaven University in 2011 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and was the recipient of the Bezalel Award, honoring outstanding artistic achievement. Prior to attaining her degree, Scarlett danced for Talk Dance Co. until graduating and taking a contract with the Georgia Ballet. Scarlett continued her professional career in Houston, TX where she danced for numerous companies including Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Uptown Dance Company, Sandra Organ Dance Company, and AdDeum Dance Company. Afterward, she moved to Denver, CO to dance for Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in an original work commissioned by the Denver Public Works to commemorate the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial. During her time in Colorado, Scarlett also served as a guest artist for Wonderbound from 2015 to 2017.

In 2018, Scarlett accepted a company contract offer from The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, MO. From 2019- to 2022 Scarlett co-founded and led the New Mexico Dance Project as Artistic Director. During her time with the company, Scarlett continued to perform as a guest artist with a variety of companies including Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet, and served as resident choreographer/contemporary dance instructor of the New Mexico School for the Arts and teaching artist for the National Dance Insititute Santa Fe. Scarlett currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA where she is the founder and Artistic Director of vagabondance.




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