Prehistoric Body Theater
GHOSTS of HELL CREEK v.III
Directed by Ari Rudenko
Meany Studio Theater, University of Washington, Seattle
May 5-6, 2018.
Prehistoric Body Theater is deep-time animal dance, celebrating the 500+ million year old evolutionary story of the vertebrates, told through the visceral biology of the human body in motion. Interdisciplinary artistic director Ari Rudenko has teamed up with Dr. Greg Wilson, the Burke Museum Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, and an international ensemble of Seattle based dancers, to stage the evening length work GHOSTS of HELL CREEK.
66 million years ago, a massive asteroid struck the Earth with the force of a billion Hiroshima bombs, inducing an apocalyptic extinction which ended the 150+ million year reign of the dinosaurs, and marked the dawn of the age of mammals. GHOSTS OF HELL CREEK tells the story of Acheroraptor temertyorum, the last of the fierce bird-like raptor dinosaurs, who roamed the Hell Creek flood forests of prehistoric Montana before their obliteration in the terrifying impact. GHOSTS OF HELL CREEK then tells the survival story of Purgatorius unio, our earliest known primate ancestor, who rose from the ashes of the extinction, and thrived on the first fruit, as the world was born anew.
Featuring a new international ensemble: Shrikant Adhikarla, Josh Yee, Jiaqi Kyki Li, Zakkir Abdul Rahman, Lela Besom, Pongkhi Bujorbarua, Kenneth Telesco, and Jeremy Chan.