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Index of Shapes

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Index of Shapes, Photo: Camilla Greenwell. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Watch a newly commissioned performance created by artist Eduardo Navarro that breaks down the boundaries between humans and trees.

In this movement-based piece, five dancers in bark costumes will take the form of the trees around them. The performance grows into the space in a meditative contemplation of nature.

The fabric of the costumes mirrors the bark of the London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) and the performance will take place under the London plane trees of Malet Street Gardens.

The event is durational, so you will be free to arrive and leave at any time during the two hours. You’ll be standing for the performance but some seating will be available if you require it. 

Malet Street Gardens is a private space in Bloomsbury, London with a double-gated entrance on Malet Street. it is a sunken garden with step-free access but there are some steep slopes and uneven paving.

The performance is linked to Eduardo Navarro's artwork an ‘Index of Shapes’, a prototype skin suit on display in the ‘Rooted Beings’ exhibition at Wellcome Collection.



Need to know


Malet Street Gardens, The University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Guaranteed place

For this event, booking a ticket guarantees you a place on the day. We advise arriving 15 minutes before the event starts to take your place.

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About your creator

Black and white portrait of the artist Eduardo Navarro dressed in clown makeup and costume with hands clasped and looking upwards as if in prayer. The image is superimposed on an astronomical background of stars and galaxies.

Eduardo Navarro

Eduardo Navarro (from Argentina) is a contemporary artist living and working in Buenos Aires. His work focuses on different ways of transforming our senses in order to have a new understanding of the natural world, and ranges from large-scale sculptures to installations and performances that investigate empathy and contemplation. Recent solo exhibitions include MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (2019), The Drawing Centre, New York (2018) and Der TANK, Basel (2017).