The World in a Folly Garden: Dancing 'Round the Ruins

Katy McCormick


Le Désert de Retz, an 18th-century folly garden located near Paris, was built to resemble a collection of ruins, with each structure referencing an ancient civilization. Pairing evocative views of the site with historic dance notations, McCormick presents the Romantic garden as a choreographed performance. Viewers are invited to promenade through a miniature world, where relationships of space and time, past and present, are interwoven as one goes through the steps, dancing ‘round the ruins.