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Serpentine (2016)

"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 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 Greys Vecchionacce or Imara Bosco.

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



Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography & Scenography: Daina Ashbee

Interpreted by: Greys Vecchionacce or Imara Bosco

Original Sound Scape Design: Jean-Francois Blouin

Production: Daina Ashbee

Duration: 80 minutes 

Photo: Carlos Cordona

Video: Kim-Sanh Châu

Premiere: October 31 & November 1, 2017

Usine-C - Montreal, Québec

Previously performed by Areli Moran (2017 - 2021) 


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Revés International Platform

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Montpellier Danse Festival

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October 30, 2020

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Potsdammer Tanztage 

Potsdam, Germany 

July 3, 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France


October 9 - 11, 2019


Montreal, QC

April 26, 2019

Art Gallery of Ontario 

AGO with Harbourfront Centre

Toronto, ON

April 16 & 17, 2019

Crimson Coast Dance Society 

Nanaimo, BC

April 12 & 13, 2019

This Time Tomorrow Festival 

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Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver, British Columbia

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American Realness

New York, New York

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Monterrey, Mexico


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Montréal, Québec


September 28, 2017

Les Plateaux

La Briqueterie

Vitry-sur-Scène, France

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Centro per la Scena Contemporanea

Bassano del Grappa, Italy 


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