Serpentine (2017)

"Ashbee’s work is unafraid, brutally honest, and unequivocally effective" - Didier Morelli, for ESSE about Daina Ashbee's Serpentine at La MaMa, New York 

Daina Ashbee was awarded "Outstanding Breakout Choreographer Bessie Award" in New York City, following New York Performances of Serpentine in 2019.

Serpentine is an installation performance, repeated for up to 2 hours, created by Daina Ashbee. The work vibrates the essence of Ashbee’s dark and feminine pieces and is intended as an intense summary of her previous three works, Unrelated (2014), When the ice melts, will we drink the water? (2016) and Pour (2016). 

The research explored the occupation of space/time/attention in what became a cathartic solo for Areli Moran (Mexico) based in repetition and insistence. 

Ashbee uses simple imagery in order to allow the work to resonate with many viewers. The piece includes original electric organ composition by Jean-Francois Blouin which is both disturbing and powerful. The juxtaposition of the haunting electric organ and the slow, sensual movement that escalates in it's violence, is confidently, beautifully and earnestly performed by Areli Moran.

Sometimes things need to be insisted upon, and I believe repetition is powerful because it insists, because we remember and we absorb. The body is powerful and Serpentine allows one body to speak - to occupy space - and our attention, over and over, insistently revealing the enormous strength of the interpreter - Daina Ashbee

Calendar: 

October 9 - 11th 2019

Usine-C

Montreal, QC

April 26th 2019

Art Gallery of Ontario 

AGO with Harbourfront Centre

Toronto, ON

April 16th and 17th 2019

Crimson Coast Dance Society 

Nanaimo, BC

April 12th and 13th 2019

This Time Tomorrow Festival 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

 

March 27th - 30th 2019

Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver, British Columbia

January 9, 10, 11th 2019

American Realness

New York, New York

December 2nd 2017

CONARTE/Expectante

Monterrey, Mexico

Premiere

October 31st and November 1st 2017

Usine-C

Montréal, Québec

excerpt

September 28th 2017

Les Plateaux

La Briqueterie

Vitry-sur-Scène, France

Creation Residency 

July 1st - 7th

Centro per la Scena Contemporanea

Bassano del Grappa, Italy 

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Work-in-Progress presentation

January 20th and 21st

Welcome to Indian Country

MAI, Montréal Arts Interculturels

Montréal, QC

Artistic Direction, Choreography:  Daina Ashbee

Interpreted by: Areli Moran

Original Sound Scape Design : Jean-Francois Blouin

Production: Daina Ashbee

Length:  80 minutes 

© 2019 by DAINA ASHBEE. 

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