Homeless Garden Project
20th of May 2023
Procreate Collective Care Event in conjunction with the Science Gallery
Photo by Manuel Vasson
The Homeless Garden Project's acknowledges the interconnectedness between
all life and systems. It seeks to investigate the role the arts plays in opening up a
dialogue about repair through combining embodied investigation and live performance.
The performance features soil, plants, and breath in a piece featuring somatic poetry that shines a light onto the birthing body, community, and belonging while
collectively ‘ birthing’ a garden facing the gaze of the Statue of Thomas Guy to an
amplified soundscape of women’s birth stories. A diverse group of women from various socio-economical-cultural-generational backgrounds come together in an embodied exploration drawing on experiential anatomy and approaches of dance movement therapy.
This project seeks to address the tension between systems that prioritize profit and growth at the expense of social and environmental well-being that contribute to the
mistreatment of individuals, communities and the earth. Economic systems often exploit natural resources and labour, including women's unpaid care work, leading to environmental degradation. By combining performance, live art, dance, movement, and a connection to the earth, the project aims to create a holistic approach to empowerment, the recognition of the multiple interconnected challenges faced by marginalized communities and invites us all to stand in solidarity with the stories that birthed us into this world.
The performance happening took place on the 20th of May 2023 as part of The
Oxytocin Festival and was co-produced by the pioneering organization Procreate
Project that aim to create a platform for interdisciplinary critical art practices,
intersectional feminist theories and health/maternity services.
Artist and Choreographer: Dagmara Bilon
Performers: Teresa Albor, Gabriela Avilés,Alexandra Baybutt, Violetta Linares Bowles, Giovanna Maria Casetta, Rawlene Evelyn, Barbara Grunwald, Sasha Johnson, Christelle Lafille, Katharine Meynell, Eliana Rico Peracchio, Roisin Salmon, Hannah Simons
Soundscape Artist: Sarah Bear
Sound Post production: Prasanth Visweswaran & Dagmara Bilon
Photos by Manuel Vason
Filmed by Michel Spiegel
Commissioned and co-produced by @Procreate Project
Supported by @The Place London Contemporary Dance School as part of their Outside Encounter Commission
Kindly funded by the arts council England