Techno Witch Ballet

10 & 11 May 2016
12-5pm, Small Studio
£20 both days or £12 for a single day
Open to all levels.

Open to all levels, this class is intended as a time to enjoy the physicality and freedom found in ballet without worrying about an illusion of perfection that does not reflect our needs today.

We’ll practice ballet like a martial artist practices her forms, in order to find freedom in the form. Everything we know, whatever our background, is available to us as we work through and around the craft, dancing our ballet together. TECHNO WITCH BALLET asks each of us to be agents in the dancing and creation of ballet.

Embedded in ballet’s physicality is access to lightness, levity, expansive and collective qualities. Sifting through ballet as an archeology of the body, we can connect with past knowledges, become very concrete with our wishes for ways of being together, and allow an opening to imagine future possibilities. Through a cyclical returning to the foundations of pliés, tendus, and port de bras we will engage as a corps de ballet fueled by electronic dance music.

Many of the story ballets are filled with fairies, sorceresses, witches and spirits. Rather than slip towards the caricature of a witch or supernatural being- what in the craft allows for transcendence? What can be found in the lines of the body, in all its various extensions, in the circling and beckoning of the arms in the port de bras, in ballet’s turns and jumps and how is this magnified when we dance together as a corps de ballet?

About the Instructor:


Elizabeth Ward (b. Detroit 1977) works in dance and performance and is currently residing in Vienna. Sine 2014 she has collaborated with Electronic Music Producer AC/Boy on instillations and performances combining ballet scores with live techno. Their work has been shown at WUK (Vienna), The Kitchen (NYC), Trinosophes (Detroit), BAINS Connective (Brussels) and ANA (Copenhagen).

As a performer she has danced throughout Europe and North America in the work of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Cathy Weis, Yvonne Meier, Claudia Bosse, The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, Vanessa Anspaugh, Mårten Spångberg, Jennifer Lacey, Liz Santoro, Anne Juren, Linda Austin, Heather Kravas, and Antonija Livingstone amongst others.

Since 2011 she has collaborated with visual artist Andrea Creutz on the project Capitalism as we live it supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Elizabeth began dancing at the School of the Atlanta Ballet and later studied at the schools of the Joffrey, San Francisco, and Pennsylvania Ballets. In 1999 she earned her B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont where she focused on Improvisation as a Performance Practice. In 2012 she was a researcher at the a.pass post graduate program in Brussels where she worked on a project entitled Ballet as an Emancipatory Practice.