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Degenerate Art Ensemble

Seattle, WA   

Degenerate Art Ensemble makes performance inspired by punk, comics, cinema, nightmares and fairy tales infused with the energy of live music and our own style of visceral movement theater and dance.  These immersive meditations tear away the waking world revealing alternate realities filled will constantly transforming other worldly characters. The group was the subject of a major exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, was commissioned by director Robert Wilson to interpret his and Phillip Glass’ seminal work Einstein on the Beach which was presented at the Baryshnikov Center in New York, undertook a massive site specific collaboration with the innovative firm Olson Kundig Architects in 2012 and collaborated with the Kronos Quartet in 2013. The group was awarded the Music Theatre Now Award by the International Theatre Institute, awarded at the Swedish Bienale in 2012.  DAE directors Nishimura and Kohl were recently selected to be featured in Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry’s Center for Innovation in a permanent installation featuring 12 Northwest innovators including Jeff Bezos, Dale Chihuly and others.
Degenerate Art Ensemble’s work has been presented in venues across the US and Europe and has been commissioned, supported and awarded by noteworthy organizations such as Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Arts International, the International Theatre Institute, Guggenheim Foundation and many others. 
DAE’s work has been supported by Creative Capital, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Center Foundation, and Seattle’s 4Culture, among others. The group has created more than a dozen fully-staged theatrical works presented by such venues as On The Boards (Seattle), the Moore Theatre (Seattle), REDCAT (Los Angeles), The New Museum (New York City), the Watermill Center (Southampton, Long Island), and Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), among many other venues in the United States and Europe.