EntkunstungELIZABETH WARD, MELANIE MAAR
SOUND-COMPOSITION BY CHRISTIAN SCHROEDER
‚Relational Confrontation‘ is the title of our first event as part of a performance series taking place in changing locations..
/ relational / confrontation / recognition / projection / communication / presence / survival / ephemeral / autonomy / tension / identification / survival / suspension of disbelief / ecstasy / sensuality /
organized by Melanie Maar & Felipe Duque
Supported by nadaLokal
Elizabeth Ward (Detroit 1977), is choreographer and performer currently living in Vienna. Her work references ballet without being Ballet. The form is seen as a microcosm in which to investigate unconscious structural ways of being together, finding possibility to consciously carry some elements of tradition forward and letting others all the while going while going for the joy in dancing. Her Anti-Fascist Ballet School project, made in collaboration with Magdalena Chowaneic, was presented through the Wiener Festwochen ’17, wienwoche festival ’16 and at Der Blöde Dritte Mittwoch. Since 2014 she has worked with electronic music producer AC/Boy on a techno ballet project that has been presented by Brut, WUK, The Kitchen (NYC), Trinosophes (Detroit), ANA (Copenhagen) and featured by the Boiler Room https://boilerroom.tv/recording/into-the-dark-night-moves-vienna.
Since 2011 she has collaborated with visual artist Andrea Creutz on workshop formats around conciousness raising.
Previously she has shown work in NYC (Chocolate Factory, Danspace, Dixon Place, AUNTS, Movement Research at the Judson Church), Barcelona (La Poderosa), Berlin (Flutgraben), Detroit (Trinosophes), L.A. (Pieter PASD), Athens (Kiniterias), Seattle (Velocity), Brussels (BAINS Connective), and Portland, Oregon (Disjecta).
As a dancer she has performed throughout Europe and North America in works of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Guterrez, Cathy Weis, Anne Juren, Nesterval, Andrea Mauer, Yvonne Meier, Claudia Bosse, The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, Vanessa Anspaugh, Mårten Spångberg, Jennifer Lacey, Liz Santoro, Linda Austin, Roland Rauschmeier, Heather Kravas, and Antonija Livingstone amongst others.
She earned her B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont where she focused on Improvisation as a Performance Practice and was a researcher at the a.pass post-graduate program in Brussels with a project entitled Ballet as an Emancipatory Practice.
Melanie Maar, is a New York based dance artist from Vienna Austria. Her work explores performance as an opportunity to be within reflection and experience simultaneously. As a communal phenomena, an aliveness within the intimacy of movement and sound, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, resonance and struggle in ever changing contexts. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The New York Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been presented by Danspace Project, Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, Impuls Tanz Vienna and Tanzfabrik Berlin. Her writing has been published at Entkunstung.com and EU Movement Disorder Journal. Melanie is collaborating with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai and the performance collective Masters of Ceremony. She co-curated 2013 Moving Sounds Festival and The Movement Research Festival 2010. She was an artist in residence at MR and is now part of their artist advisory council. She has performed for and studied with artists like luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Janet Panetta, Daria Fain, Walter Dundervill and Luis Lara Malvacias.
She works with senior citizens of the Bronx, teaches workshops internationally for dance people and others, recently at Tanz*Hotel Wien and Pieter L.A., she is currently faculty at Movement Research NYC and a recent guest teacher at The New School/Lang College NY.