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

Artistic Direction, Choreography:  Daina Ashbee
Interpreted by: Areli Moran
Original Sound Scape Design : Jean-Francois Blouin
Production: Daina Ashbee
Length:  80 minutes


April 26th 2019
Art Gallery of Ontario
AGO with Harbourfront Centre

April 16th and 17th 2019
Crimson Coast Dance Society

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


photos: Carlos Cardona and Ian Duglas