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Skeleton Flower World Premiere
March 16 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
One event on March 14, 2019 at 9:30pm
One event on March 15, 2019 at 9:30pm
One event on March 17, 2019 at 9:30pm
One event on March 16, 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on March 16, 2019 at 9:30pm
Skeleton Flower is a performance that combines live music, visceral butoh inspired dance, projected cinematic imagery and storytelling ritual. This new performance is a semi-autobiographical exploration of a creative person’s struggle with identity, depression and the awakening of personal power. Director Haruko Crow Nishimura draws on her own difficult and at times violent upbringing which led to major breakdowns and years of depression. The work explores how, through creativity, she was able to not only survive, but also share the fruits of her imagination with others, and transform herself in the process. The piece also deals with the painful and tangled karma that is passed down to us over generations and how we can find ways to untangle that karma and choose our own path for our own lives.
In Skeleton Flower, Nishimura’s personal story is melded together with three fairy tales in which female protagonists overcame great opposition by putting their creative desires into action; The Fitchers Bird, The Red Shoes, and Wild Swans.
Skeleton Flower is a collaboration between choreographer / dancer Haruko Crow Nishimura, composer / musician Joshua Kohl, video artists Leo Mayberry and Ian Lucero and visual artist Elizabeth Jameson. The work is DAE’s most intimate to date – a duet between the company’s two artistic directors; Haruko Crow Nishimura and Joshua Kohl.