A Dancing Garden
For many years I’ve thought of dancing as gardening. Ground that one returns to over and over and over again; a space for cultivating, tending, composting, and planting through and with the seasons. Dancing and gardening share a repetitive quality that can be both tedious and transcendent. In my dancing practice, I often return to known steps and shapes, while working with internal and spacial scores. A fascination with the idea of a social body composed of both living and inanimate individuals runs through these scores. In subtle ways, the practices of A.M., Contemplative Dance, Ballet, Improvisation, and Somatics will weave into these June days, where we garden a dance or dance a garden together.
(b. Detroit 1977) is a choreographer and performer currently based 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. Some of the performance festivals and venues she has been presented by include the Kitchen (NYC), Danspace Projects (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Disjecta (Portland), Tanzquartier (Vienna), steirischerherbst (Graz), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), ANA (Copenhagen), and Trinosophes (Detroit). As a performer, she has collaborated and participated in the works of Frédéric Gies, Michikazu Matsune, Cathy Weis, Manuel Pelmuș, DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Philipp Gehmacher, Jennifer Lacey, and Anne Juren, amongst others. Elizabeth received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont where she studied Dance and Ecology.
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