Hedera helix began with the idea of a dance danced like an overgrown garden. A landscape in which elements of an older formal ordering have been abandoned and yet traces remain visible through the foliage. Dance Historian Jennifer Neville describes Baroque Garden Design and Baroque Court Dance (ancestor to Ballet) as sharing common organisational principles and cosmologies. In Hedera helix, the bodily cultivation processes of western dance training is though not dissimilar to that of plants pruned and shaped in formal gardens. What emerges when this cultivation is abandoned? We will begin with exploratory, image-based movement and end with a trace of the Baroque. All are welcome regardless of dancing background.

Elizabeth Ward
is a choreographer and performer currently living in Vienna. Her work explores the collective histories of dance lineages accumulated in a dancer’s muscle memory as a living archaeology. In 2020, her trio Dancing’s Demons was presented at TQW. As a performer she has participated in the works of DD Dorvillier, Michikazu Matsune, Frédéric Gies, Philipp Gehmacher, and Anne Juren, among others. Elizabeth received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied Dance and Ecology.

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