Dancing’s Demons

Elizabeth Ward
Dance & Performance
© Elodie Grethen 
Elizabeth
Ward

is a choreographer and performer currently living in Vienna. Previously, she has lived and worked in New York City, Athens, Brussels, and Portland, Oregon. Her work explores the collective histories of dance lineages accumulated in a dancer’s muscle memory as a living archaeology.

Her most recent solo Un-dedication was commissioned by the steirischer herbst festival 2019. As a performer, she has collaborated and participated in the works of Frédéric Gies, Michikazu Matsune, Manuel Pelmuș, DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Jennifer Lacey, Michael Turinsky, and Anne Juren, among others. Elizabeth received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied Dance and Ecology.

Elizabeth Ward
Fri31.+
Jan
Sat01. 
Feb
21 /
TQW Halle G

40 minutes

In case of sold-out performances waiting numbers for remaining tickets are handed out at the evening box office opening one hour before showtime.

Double bill ticket together with stuck:
€ 25/20

„Dance shares with speculative fiction a serious flirtation with history made flesh, made world through invention and structural mutation. Arising from a beautifully wounded present in search of something else, somewhere else, not utopia, and yet.” — Jenn Joy

Dancing’s Demons looks towards the complicated political histories of early Modern Dance and its resonance on the present. The contemporary dance theatre is re-imaged as a haunted ground in which the themes of the ecstatic and the demonic in 1920’s Ausdrucktanz are re-activated while questioning the ideological National narratives that Early Modern Dance was wrestling with.

In her autobiography Mary Wigman wrote, “after a dance is performed, it is dead.” The witches, demon machines, and ecstasies of Ausdrucktanz are not resuscitated in order to celebrate them. Rather Dancing’s Demons intuits for the “something to be done” that lives in uncanny folds, such as the one perceived between experimental dance of the 1920’s and the 2020’s.

Credits

Concept, choreography
Elizabeth Ward
Performance
Elizabeth Ward, Ana Threat, Julia Zastava
Sound
Ana Threat
Visuals
Julia Zastava
Outside Eye
Mzamo Nondlwana
Mix & master
Dino Spiluttini
Documentation, support
Özgür Sevinç
A coproduction by Elizabeth Ward/vitus and Tanzquartier Wien. With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna. Supported by nadaLokal.
Elizabeth
Ward

is a choreographer and performer currently living in Vienna. Previously, she has lived and worked in New York City, Athens, Brussels, and Portland, Oregon. Her work explores the collective histories of dance lineages accumulated in a dancer’s muscle memory as a living archaeology.

Her most recent solo Un-dedication was commissioned by the steirischer herbst festival 2019. As a performer, she has collaborated and participated in the works of Frédéric Gies, Michikazu Matsune, Manuel Pelmuș, DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Jennifer Lacey, Michael Turinsky, and Anne Juren, among others. Elizabeth received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied Dance and Ecology.

 
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