Degenerate Art Ensemble: Skeleton Flower
March 15 - 17, 2024
Skeleton Flower is a semi-autobiographical exploration of complex struggles with identity, depression, childhood trauma, and the awakening of personal power. Degenerate Art Ensemble confronts these issues with humor and imagination—casting family as monsters from a Godzilla movie—and traces personal struggle through three fairy tales. Existing at the intersection of live music, visceral movement theater, dance, projected cinematic imagery, storytelling, and ritual, Skeleton Flower is a multi-dimensional patchwork quilt that conjures and consoles female ancestors through hand felted wools, ten thousand hand painted silk flowers, and knitted sweaters which fill fantastic worlds in the work’s cinematic imagery.
Degenerate Art Ensemble makes work inspired by punk, protest, comics, nightmares and fairytales driven by the power of live music and their own style of visceral movement theater and dance. The group 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, a commission by director Robert Wilson to interpret his work Einstein on the Beach and collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Skeleton Flower has been shown in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Seattle, Mexico City and Odense, Denmark.
Made possible with funding from 4Culture and the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts. Video production made possible by Zoobreak Productions.
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Friday, March 15, 2024 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 5:00pm (ASL provided & Addt’l Wheelchair Accessibility)
Curaed by Chloë L. Zimberg
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