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Laurana Wong - Pecha Kucha Hack You - She is led, arms outstretched and blindfolded, through a sea of audience

Hack You

How to use performance art to shift consciousness, to increase awareness, and to explore life. How to use performance art as a medium to transform self. At PechaKucha Dayton.

Laurana Wong - The Surrealist Ball - She stands before a background embrace, in a state of pure love; showing them her portal to the divine

The Surrealist Ball

In 2015, Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center embarked on their fundraising adventure, The Surrealist Ball, a re-creation of the famous Rothschild Surrealist Ball held on December 12, 1972. Performance art was a huge part of the Ball back in 1972, and this was also true for the 2015 incarnation. For it, I played a portal to the divine; a galaxy of welcome to connect patrons to other worlds, through the interactive sharing of my most feminine presence.

Laurana Wong - Artists: Laurana Wong - She stands in a half-dance, fingers splayed, feeling out the wall of her stark white studio; a heart floats near the window, out of reach

Artists: Laurana Wong

I spoke with Alex Grodkiewicz in late 2014 after performing at Party Arty, where he was a resident photographer. He was starting a photo blog about Dayton artists and asked if I'd like to meet up with him for an interview. I did. And it was a joy. The blog from our interview is on Alex's website, A.G. Photography.

Laurana Wong - Spirits Never Die - He cowers as death looms above him, her fingers outstretched

Spirits Never Die

A musical play that combines song, narrative, visuals, and poetry to tell a Day of the Dead story about spiritual connections transcending even death.

with Adam Elfers and Moriah Haven

Laurana Wong - Dia De Los Muertos - Arms outstretched and raised to the sky, she is the Raven, bringing change through death

Dia de los Muertos

Every year, Missing Peace Art Space hosts Dia de los Muertos, a huge parade and celebration to remember the death and life of our loved ones. For their festival in 2014, I played the Raven: Harbinger of Death and Destruction; Harbinger of Change.

Laurana Wong - Performerance - The cards show 8 years past: The Lovers, The World, and The Star, in performance art.

Performerance

Laurana Wong - Line Crosser - The rainbow string crisscrosses and meanders, winding around legs, around torsos, around hearts.

Line Crosser

Laurana Wong - Party Arty - She stands in the row of brightly colored gowns, dancing a slow motion dance for music education.

Party Arty

Laurana Wong - Decked Out! - The sparkling beastie crouches at her standing feet, beaming an upward smile

Decked Out!

Laurana Wong - Valentines Fundraiser with SMAG - The woman points a gentle finger skyward, her white gown burning yellow, orange, and red

Valentines Fundraiser with SMAG

In February, I hooked up with SMAG Dance Collective, a contemporary fusion dance company in downtown Dayton, to support their 10th Anniversary fundraising event. I donated gift certificates for their silent auction and did a Living (Moving) Sculpture performance. I was the heart-winged Phoenix, rising white from the flames of her Burning Wedding ~

Laurana Wong - Unraveling Dance with Every Tribe - The musicians inspire every move; Her head arches, and the gallery glows

Unraveling Dance with Every Tribe

Laurana Wong - Toxic - She cranes forward to lick the desire from her fingertips, her skin pallid with fear and her eyes black with disease

Toxic

Laurana Wong - Ending Homelessness With Homefull - Her arms stretch up and out of the flower of colored newsprint, her gown's train tumbling down the grand stair

Ending Homelessness with Homefull

Laurana Wong - Promotional Performance with the Dayton Ballet - She reaches out with one arm, smiling; the eye of a peacock feather hiding one eye

Promotional Performance
with the Dayton Ballet

Laurana Wong & Adam Elfers - Look How It Comes - Her silhouette is dark against the ominous sky, arms stretching and overlapping in nature's dance

Look How It Comes

with Adam Elfers

Laurana Wong & Natalie Hoffmann - Dividing Lines - The scissors are just about to cut the red ribbon that hides her eyes

Dividing Lines

with Natalie Hoffmann

Laurana Wong - The Problem with Being Mortal - Surrounded by flashes of light, she bows toward the mass of watching people

The Problem With Being Mortal

Laurana Wong - The Power of Perception - Two men, a car, a house, and a pile of money await her at the end of four strings.  She pulls one in, and it closes the cage

The Power of Perception

Laurana Wong & Adam Elfers - 1+1=1 - The two silhouettes face off inside the bleeding heart

1+1=1

with Adam Elfers

Laurana Wong - The Cocoon - She drags herself facedown across the wooden floor, leaving a trail of placenta behind

The Cocoon

Laurana Wong - Affectation - She dances with the tree branch wands, sending purple and blue wisps above her

Affectation

Laurana Wong - Leggo My Ego Act One - She arches back in ecstasy, the rainbow of strings wrapping around her body and entering the audience

Leggo My Ego, Act One

Laurana Wong - Leggo My Ego Act Two - The white hot flames engulf the crisscrossing head of the wooden behemoth

Leggo My Ego, Act Two

Laurana Wong & Ryan McCullough - Milk Dance Call - He yanks on the rope that joins them, pulling her along as he dunks his head into the basin of milk

Milk Dance Call

with Ryan McCullough

Laurana Wong - My Plastic World - Masked and wrapped in the colors of America, she breaks through a human-sized box of polystyrene

My Plastic World