Degenerate Art Ensemble

Degenerate Art Ensemble,
photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Performers Haruko Crow Nishimura, Joshua Kohl, Leo Mayberry

Degenerate Art Ensemble has shown their work throughout the US and Europe known for their large scale dance and theater projects, concerts, site-transforming spectacles and ongoing public experimentation.  Recent highlights of the group’s work include a major exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, was commissioned by director Robert Wilson to interpret his work Einstein on the Beach in 2012 and collaborated with the Kronos Quartet in 2013. Also in 2012 Degenerate Art Ensemble was commissioned by the city of Seattle to create a massive site specific work Underbelly in collaboration with Olson Kundig Architects to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair.  The group’s 2015 work Predator Songstress premiered at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco in 2015. In of 2016 DAE teamed up with Czech rock legends Uz Jsme Doma for an epic orchestral work inspired by the group’s music at the Archa Theatre in Prague with the South Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra. DAE’s newest work Skeleton Flower was first seen as a work in progress at the Spotlight USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, had its world premiere in Seattle in 2019, will be performed at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Mexico City in August of 2021 and will have its New York premiere in late 2021.

Description of Work:

Degenerate Art Ensemble will be presenting a performance created specifically for NDA’s anniversary celebration as part of their current work under development that explores Animism and the connections and disconnects between human beings and the natural world. The work combines visceral movement, sculptural costume, site transforming video projection and live music. The work will be performed by director/dancer Haruko Crow Nishimura, composer/musician Joshua Kohl, and video artist Leo Mayberry with costumes by Wyly Astley.