by Elizabeth Ward

Resting heart, like a cat purring in a sunbeam on the couch or floating on your back in the mediterranean sea


This score is not mine, i didn’t invent it, but have been busy with it and feel it so strongly that wanted to share.

At first it was like a puzzle i caught glimpses of understanding before it slide away.

Then it became something i turned to when feeling pressure and stress. It became a puzzle of navigating these moments with a resting heart not need to push from or close off my heart. 

More recently i find myself discovering and leaning into an expansive quality found through the practice, a place of openness and ease that leads towards the sublime.

And even more recently i found myself staying with this score while experiencing a rather extreme but non life threatening allergic reaction...


Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen explained in her online spring 2021 Heart workshops that we can allow and encourage our hearts to rest on our lungs. She explains this is different from leading/pushing with the heart or closing our hearts off.


sense your lungs. feel the breath space from the top of your clavicle to the bottom of your ribs. 

with your right hand make a fist. place it between your breasts slightly left of center.

your heart is roughly the size of your fist and your heart is roughly here.

breath and rest

rest your fist on your chest and 

envision your heart resting on your lungs 

like your fist rests on your chest

or a purring cat rests in a sunbeam on the couch 

or how in a calm sea it is possible to lean back, face the sky and stop, 

stop swimming, stop treading water, just float.

to do this you must let go and trust,

trust the buoyancy of your body in the sea

and trust the support of your lungs, your breath


Elizabeth Ward is a Vienna based choreographer and performer. Previously she has lived and worked in New York City, Athens, Brussels, and Portland, Oregon. Her work explores the collective histories of dance lineages accumulated in a dancer’s muscle memory as a living archaeology. Some of the performance festivals and venues she has been presented by including the Kitchen (NYC), the Chocolate Factory (NYC), Disjecta (Portland), Tanzquartier (Vienna), steirischerherbst (Graz), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), ANA (Copenhagen), Pieter PASD (L.A.), and Trinosophes (Detroit). As a performer, she has collaborated and participated in the works of Frédéric Gies, Michikazu Matsune, Cathy Weis, Manuel Pelmuș, DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Yvonne Meier, Philipp Gehmacher, and Anne Juren amongst others. Currently, Elizabeth is engaged in an ongoing artistic research project, entitled Phototropism and the Lampenfieber, investigating performance anxiety and informed by plant medicines.


Copyright: Elizabeth Ward (2021). The Score was commissioned within the frame of the project Scores for Pleasure by Przemek Kamiński. The Score can be accessed and used only through the website Copying and redistributing the Score in any medium or format is not permitted. Only non-commercial uses of the Score are permitted. No derivatives or adaptations of the Score are permitted.