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VINES is a site-adaptive work created by Melanie Kloetzel (kloetzel&co.) with dramaturgical support from Brandy Leary (Anandam Dancetheatre). The work explores what it means for the human body to corporeally adapt to urban spaces by rigorously embodying growth patterns from plants.

VINES considers what it might mean for dancing bodies to adopt ideas from the more-than-human world to impact a series of cityscapes, just as, perhaps, plants do when enacting a reclamation of abandoned or disused areas. 

The work is currently in research development in both Toronto and Calgary with support from Canada Council for the Arts.

To read more about this work particularly in relation to larger movements that address artistic processes in a time of climate and ecological crisis, see: