Haruko Crow Nishimura / Degenerate Art Ensemble
Degenerate Art Ensemble’s current work is an interdisciplinary exploration of the connection that contemporary human beings have, or have lost, to the natural world. The ensemble’s projects aim to inspire moments of connection between people by transporting them to immersive mythological worlds in which they grapple with some of humanity’s greatest dilemmas. In this new work, they will turn their attention to the great divide between our species and the rest of the inhabitants of our planet in crisis.
Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE)
Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE) creates performance work infused with live music driven by their own style of visceral movement theater and dance. Their work has been featured in 12 countries presenting large scale theater and dance installation projects, concerts, and site-transforming experiences.
Some highlights include a commission by director Robert Wilson to interpret his work Einstein on the Beach, performed at the Baryshnikov Center, a site specific collaboration with Olson Kundig Architects for the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair, and a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, performed at Anna Halprin’s 95th birthday celebration and Kronos’ 40th anniversary concert. DAE received the 2020 Artist Trust & Dale Chihuly Foundation’s Artist Innovators Award. Haruko Crow was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in Choreography, and Joshua Kohl received the Music Theatre Now award at the Swedish Biennale.Their recent work Skeleton Flower was shown at the Spotlight USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Mexico City, and was performed at the HCA Festival in Denmark in August of 2022. Their collaboration with sculptor Senga Nengudi and musician / performer Eddy Kwon was shown at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center and will be presented in New York in 2023.