The Garden for Wayward Girls is a coming of age story set in a fantastical garden where things are not quite as they should be. The piece integrates video projections, live performance, and an intricate scenic installation into an immersive theatrical experience. Filmed adaptations of fairy tales illustrate the rite of passage from girlhood to womanhood and how the masked morals within these stories shape our adult perspectives.
The piece has been developed extensively, receiving a grant from Oberlin College’s Creativity & Leadership Fund, a Blank Canvas Residency at the Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland, Ireland’s preeminent dance development center as well as a showing at Westbeth Artist Housing in New York City supported by Westbeth Artists Residents’ Council, Literary Arts Chair, sponsored in part by NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and NYS Senator Tom Duane, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The piece was premiered on May 20, 2011 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop as a part of the Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s Dance Craze Festival. The piece features original music by internationally renowned composer David Arbury, set design by visual artist Theora Kvitka, and a filmed adaption of Little Red Riding Hood by filmmaker Julia Reisen.
Performers: Lindsay Berliner, Maritza Diaz, Eleni Grove, Katie Murphy.
Additional Choreography contributed by Neva Cockrell, Laura Murphy, Carolyn Usanis, and Cathy Walsh.