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Anything Whatsoever

Katie Ward

Anything Whatsoever offers a group training to witness the emergence of meaning, a blank page where our collective imagery can be rewritten.  


In a space where everything is yet to be born, choreographer and dancer Katie Ward navigates through her own body archive while respecting its incompleteness. Anything Whatsoever offers a break, a space within which to condition imagination, to the two dozen audience members, who witness the emergence of meaning on a blank page, where our collective imagery can be rewritten.  

In the live performance, two juxtaposed scores are at play: the one written for the body of the performer and the audience’s spoken score. Their combined presence weaves a collective intimate reflection, fueled by Katie Ward’s dancing, at the centre of it all. The various states of the moving body that echo fragmented utterances and improvised dialogues serve as a mediation between reality, the uncanny, and the imaginary. This relational practice at the heart of Anything Whatsoever resists the temptation of the spectacular. A room of one’s own unfolds in this space, where collective musings surpass. Perhaps this is Art’s concern. 


Produced by Compagnie Katie Ward 
Choreographed and performed by Katie Ward 
Dramaturgy Ame Henderson 
Rehearsal Director and Phenomenological ConsultantPeter Trosztmer   
Artistic Support Marie-Claire Forté 
Lighting Design Paul Chambers 
Recording Producer and Coordinator Michael Feuerstack 
Piano Mathieu Charbonneau + Yolande Laroche + Jesse Levine 
Costume Maerin Hunting + Katie Ward 
Live Sound Andréa Marsolais Roy 
Boom Operator Camille Gravel
Developpement Support La Machinerie des arts
Video Clark Ferguson

 Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines + La Rotonde 
Creative residencies The Stable + MAI (Montréal, arts Interculturels) + Dance4 (Nottingham) + La Rotonde (Québec) 
Codiffusion La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines 

Thanks to João da Silva + Konstantina Georgelou + Paula Walta + Katie Ewald + Leanne Dyer 
The artist wishes to thank her community, close and far. 

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 27, 2021  

Written by Myriam Perraton-Lambert 
Translated by Luba Markovskaia 


© Mark Feuerstack

Katie Ward (Montreal)
Compagnie Katie Ward

Katie Ward takes care of our imaginations and of the ties that connect us together. Since Rock Steady (2011), as a choreographer and performer, she has been exploring the molecular, energetic, and emotional composition of a collective body, challenging the ways in which it assembles and is undone in its multiple possible forms.

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