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 for Angelica Morga (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 Angelica Morga.

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: Angelica Morga

Original Sound Scape Design: Jean-Francois Blouin

Production: Daina Ashbee

Duration: 80 minutes 

Photo: Carlos Cordona

Video: Kim-Sanh Châu

Premiere: October 31st and November 1st, 2017 - Usine-C - Montreal, Québec

Previously performed by Areli Moran (2017 - 2021) 


February 4th, 2022

Revés International Platform

Heredia, Costa Rica

June 25&26th 2021

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France

October 30th 2020

Dance Week Festival

Zagreb, Croatia

October 19&20 2020

Joint Adventures 

Munich, Germany

August 13, 14 & 15 

Potsdammer Tanztage 

Potsdam, Germany 

July 3rd 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France


October 9 - 11th 2019


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


Monterrey, Mexico


October 31st and November 1st 2017


Montréal, Québec


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 


Work-in-Progress presentation

January 20th and 21st

Welcome to Indian Country

MAI, Montréal Arts Interculturels

Montréal, QC