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Elizabeth Waterhouse

Elizabeth Waterhouse is an American-born dancer and theorist, currently based in Bern/Dresden. 

Her work includes teaching, choreography, dramaturgy and writing.


Dance|SPEAK to Me! - Frankfurt, - May 2, 8, 15 & 22, 2014 - link

Profitraining - Basel, June 5 & 12, 2014

Ingeborg Ruvina Project - Zürich, June 26, 2014 

Profitraining  - Tanzhaus Zürich, July 7 - 11, 2014

Re-Workshop / Re-Forsythe - Amsterdam, Holland Dance Festival, July 28 & 29, 2014


SPAZIO Workshop - Zagreb, Feb 11 - 15, 2014

Collective Ludwig Performance - Athens, March 31 - April 12, 2014


Don't Play! Eine Dokumentarische Spectralgymnatik - text

Works by Association:

Eifo Efi - link video 

Josefine - link video 

Sider - link video

Library of Publications: 

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Born in upstate New York, Liz received her first dance education at Albany Dance Institute and the School of American Ballet. She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor degree in physics and completed her Master degree at The Ohio State University in dance. Reconciliation of art and science continues to be a central tenet of her work.

Liz was invited by William Forsythe to join Ballet Frankfurt/The Forsythe Company, where she was a dancer from 2004 - 2012. She has also performed with Marcus Schulkind, Sebastian Matthias, and Collective Ludwig.

Working as a freelance choreographer, her recent projects include Josefine at Opera Krefeld and Don’t Play! Eine Spectralgymnastic at the Schaubühne Lindenfels in Leipzig. Her performance-lecture series “Dance | SPEAK TO ME!” will be produced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in 2014.

As a dramaturg she has worked with William Forsythe on Sider, the collective MaMaZa on Eifo Efi, as well on projects in design and photography. In 2013 she was awarded a fellowship for dramaturgy from Akademie Musiktheater Heute.

Liz’s writing on dance is published in diverse sources, including Contact Quarterly, the International Journal of Digital Media and Performance, Etcetera Magazine and the book Theater Ohne Fluchtpunkt. She is also engaged in new forms of digital and internet publishing, for example as a consultant to the online project Synchronous Objects and the workgroup Dance Engaging Science.

As a teacher she has offered workshops and lectures internationally, including at the Universität Bern, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (HIPP) and Stanford University. Liz teaches regularly in Frankfurt for Tanzlabor21 at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Liz was a member of the project InnoLernenTanz at the Palucca Hochschule and was on faculty at Emerson College in Boston. She is certified in Pilates Mat from the Kane School of Core Integration as well as in GYROTONIC® (upcoming, June 2014).

Liz’s current projects adhere to the following principles: non-hierarchical work structures (i.e. teamwork, collaboration, working alone); working productively with doubt towards invention; simultaneously pursuing aesthetic, embodied, and discursive rigor; meaningful communication to novices and experts; and maintaining a sense of humor.

Her research interests are aesthetics and metaphysics of choreography, object- usage, entrainment, documentation of collective practice, musicality, and notation forms.

Last Updated: 05/2014