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Ellen Fisher

In her performance Figurines, Ellen Fisher seems to undergo a variety of scale changes. When she enters we see her normal human proportions. Then she kneels in a sort of subterranean space below a small table whose top becomes a horizon, as if she were some giant spirit who extended up to the sky. Next, sitting on the table, she pulls a male and a female figurine out of her dress and dangles them on strings, suggesting that she is some disembodied force of political control. Then, in a black mask and net costume, she leaves the table and dances in front of a bright spotlight; the impression is of a snaky demon 12 feet tall. And in a final transformation, she returns to the table to become a human being again and resume human emotions, human appearance.

Fisher’s spasmodic, undulating, gutsy movements are a unique combination of Tai Chi, gymnastics, Kandyan convulsive dancing, and ballet on

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