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Haruko Crow Nishimura

County: King County




Grants for Artist Projects 2004, 2008
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Fellowship Awards 2004, 2018
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Arts Innovator Award 2020
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Haruko Crow Nishimura is a dancer, vocalist and is co-artistic director of Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). She is always searching to discover how art can create deeper connections and awakenings. Her own style of  live music and movement theater and dance is rooted in her background of Japanese butoh dance, physical theater and classical music. Her art  strives to embody and reveal the hidden beauty of darkness to heal and confront and to find commonality in humanity. Her most recent work Skeleton Flower tells the story of her own struggle with identity, depression, childhood trauma and finding voice. She is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Highlights of Degenerate Art Ensemble’s work include a major exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, a collaboration with Kronos Quartet for their 40th anniversary celebration in 2013, a commission from director Robert Wilson to interpret his and Phillip Glass’ Einstein on the beach at the Baryshnikov Center in 2014,  a performance tribute for choreographer Anna Halprin for her 95th birthday celebration in 2015, a commission from the legendary Czech rock band Uz Jsme Doma to create an orchestral suite inspired by their music with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. Their most recent work Skeleton Flower was shown at the Spotlight USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2018 and in 2021 will have its New York Debut and will be shown at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Mexico City. They are 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’s Innovation department, NPN, and the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.

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