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September 30, 2022 & October 1, 2022, 8pm

Elijah Hancock and Melissa Younker combine their artistic curiosities to collaborate in a musically driven performance art work. Their multidisciplinary project “Snapshots & Souvenirs” premieres September 30th & October 1st, 2022 as a selection for Salt Lake City Arts Councils Finch Lane Flash Projects. This evening length song and dance cycle includes live performance of original music and choreography, film projection, playful costume design and moves through the intimate spaces of Finch Lane Gallery.

A vocal artist and multi-instrumentalist, Elijah Hancock has specialties in songwriting, opera and choir. Melissa Younker is a multi-disciplinary movement artist with experience in dance performance, choreography and film. Both artists aspire to cross genres and step into the vulnerability of sharing their desires in live performance. Together they have created a new work that embraces each other’s diverse skill sets, crossing boundaries and sharing in all sides of the creation, direction, and performance.

“Snapshots & Souvenirs” is a reflection of memory. Each song/dance is a snapshot of moments in their ancestors’ histories and personal pasts. To quote the first song they wrote together titled Bag of Dirt, “an embellished memory, a varnished catastrophe; both distorted, both true.” Elijah and Melissa find comfort and comedy in their shared understanding about the souvenirs we carry.

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is a division of Salt Lake City Corporation in the Department of Economic Development and also maintains a nonprofit corporation, the Salt Lake City Arts Council Foundation with 501(c)(3) status.

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