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Haruko Crow Nishimura

Seattle, WA      

Haruko Crow Nishimura is co-director, dancer and vocalist for Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). The company creates performance work infused with the energy of live music and driven by her own style of visceral movement theater and dance. Her work with the ensemble has been featured in 10 countries presenting large scale experimental dance and theater projects, concerts, site-transforming spectacles and ongoing public experimentation. She was commissioned along with DAE by director Robert Wilson to interpret his work Einstein on the Beach at the Baryshnikov Center in 2013. She directed a large scale site specific mutli-disciplinary project for the 50th anniversary of the Seattle Worlds Fair at Seattle Center in collaboration with Olson Kundig Architects in 2012. She danced as a soloist with the Kronos Quartet in 2015 as part of the 95 rituals – Anna Halprin’s 95th birthday anniversary project at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2015. She was the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. In addition to her work with DAE, Nishimura is constantly collaborating with both local and international artists to push the boundaries of her medium such as dancing in the street, creating rituals for strangers in public spaces and hosting artist salons cultivating community spaces for artists to share their work. Her most recent work Skeleton Flower tells the story of her own struggle with identity depression, childhood trauma and finding her voice. It was shown at the Spotlight USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2018 and in 2020 will have its New York Debut as well as being shown at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Mexico City. She is currently in the process of collaborating with sculptor and installation artist Senga Nengudi and musician Eddy Kwon to create a new interdisciplinary performance work commissioned by Colorado College and the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.

Guggenheim Fellowship 2012

Music Theatre Now Award (International Theatre Institute, Sweden )  2012

Creative Capital Grant and Partnership 2013

Robert Wilson / Watermill Laboratory for Performance artist in residence (New York) 2011

New Museum  artist in residence (New York) 2009

Colorado College Artists in Residence 2018-2021

Base Experimental Art Space Residency ( Seattle ) 2020

Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center Artists in Residence 2020-2021

American Dance Abroad Spotlight USA 2018

Gettysburg Battlefield Artist Residency April 2016 ( Philadelphia )

4 Culture Tech Specific Grant 2016 

Degenerate Art Ensemble Art book Publication by EMKS.fi production  2015

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Residency and performance 2015 ( SF )

Oregon Performance Lab Residency 2015 ( Eugene OR )

Penny Stamps School of Art & Design Lecture Series,( Anne Arbor Michigan )2014

Cornish College of the Arts ‘Cornish Play House Residency 2014 ( Seattle )

MAP Fund Performance Grant 2014

Cornish College Dance Studio Summer Residency 2013 ( Seattle )

Moore Theatre Residency 2013-2014

Next 50 World’s Fair Anniversary commision (Seattle Center Foundation) 2012

Frye Art Museum Residency and Exhibition 2011- 2012

National Endowment for the Arts Grant  2011

Warrior and the Mountain Woman Yamamba

3 minute excerpt from UNDERBELLY
A site specific performance of Degenerate Art Ensemble that took place on the back loading dock of the Seattle Opera House, where we flooded the dock with 800 square feet of water and created a 20 foot high lighting installation.
Danced & choreographed by Haruko Crow Nishimura
Music composition by Joshua Kohl

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Excerpt of WInter Days from Predator Songstress

2 minutes excerpt from performance of Predator Songstress at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco
composed by Joshua Kohl & Haruko Crow Nishimura
Performed by Degenerate Art Ensemble
vocals: Haruko Crow Nishimura
backing vocals: SoulChilde Bluesun & Paris Hurley
Guitars: Joshua Kohl & Benjamin Marx

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