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My childhood home was the wild forests and mossy cliffs of the San Juan Islands in the American Pacific Northwest. Living without TV or many modern amenities, I spent a great deal of my childhood alone in the woods, dancing with leaves, stalking deer and vultures, and collecting bones which I would reassemble at home. I carry this island wild child in my heart as I travel the globe, searching for the resonance of that primal dance.
I am an interdisciplinary visual artist and performance maker - the stage and show are the aesthetic and psychological compass by which I approach my craft, a holy space wherein dreams are made manifest. I am interested in physical theater, or dance, which does not make use of verbal language, but instead locates its communicative power in the body and the performer’s active imagination - framed by a painter’s orientation towards composition, light, color, texture, layering, and a particular attunement to a bedrock spaciousness and emptiness. These dance investigations explore primarily non-human subject matter - animals both living and extinct, ghostly entities, and natural phenomena like volcanic eruptions and the night sky - exploring themes of illusion, desire, deep time, nature’s infinite beauty, and the primordial stories written in the human body.
My performance work fuses training in Japanese butoh theater with an ongoing relationship to Southeast Asian performing arts. Since receiving a Darmasiswa scholarship to study at the Arts Institute of Indonesia in 2012, and during the course of a low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from 2014 - 2017, my work has been based in the Indonesian archipelago. I work closely with Indonesian and international artists, facilitating encounters between contemporary practice and tradition, and rigorously engaging the potentials and complexities of cross-cultural performance making.
My new work, under the umbrella title Prehistoric Body Theater, investigates the potential of employing the latest paleontological models to tell epic tales from the prehistoric record and the cladographic Tree of Life with the human body. This work will pursue unique collaborative opportunities between biological scientists, butoh artists, and Indonesian dancers. By taking up the pre-human world as our subject matter, I aim to unveil new potentials in trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary knowledge sharing and creative dialog.
Masters in Fine Arts (S2 Seni) - Interdisciplinary Fine Art (2014 - Current) at Goddard College, Washington, USA (low residency). Concentration in Dance, Visual Art, and Indonesian Studies.
Darmasiswa Scholar (2012-2013) at Art Institute of Indonesia Denpasar (ISI Denpasar) in Balinese Dance
BA (S1) in Liberal Arts (with honors) (2007 - 2011) at Shimer College, Chicago, concentration in Humanities
Shimer in Oxford Scholar (2010-2011) at Kings College, Oxford University, UK, concentration in Psychology of Religion and Sinology (Daoism studies and classical Chinese translation)
Dance-theater performance crafted in a contemporary and unique style, developed from training in Japanese Butoh dance technique (training with Dairakudakan (Akaji Maro), Blushing Poppy Productions, Diego Pinon, Ko Murobushi, Waguri, Katsura Kan, Macarena Ortuzar, Cafe Reason, Mana Hashimoto) and study of Indonesian dance forms (Didik Nini Thowok (LKP Tari Natya Lakshita), ISI Denpasar, Ni Ketut Partini, Dewa Nyoman Irawan, Made Cat, Putu Sri Purnama). Performances crafted individually, and in collaboration with Blushing Poppy Productions (Chicago, USA), Ruang Asah Tukad Abu (Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia), and Gamelan Narwastu (Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia).
Visual Art crafted digitally and on paper
Arts and Culture Research under Goddard College Masters program (dance, visual art, Indonesian and cross-cultural performance studies) and Darmasiswa Scholarship at Art Institute of Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali.
BODY THEATER PROJECTS
PARA / AVIS Prehistoric Body Project
Dancing with Dinosaurs Solo performance choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko at Goddard Cabaret, Port Townsend, Washington, USA, 23.10.2016
Body Transcultural choreographed by Ari Rudenko, a movement and performance research experiment inspired by dinosaur paleontology and the latest theories concerning the evolution of birds - in collaboration of Singkong Art Space in a four day intensive in the remote village of Dasuk, in Sumenep, Madura, Indonesia. Performances at Singkong Art Space (Sumenep, Madura, Indonesia) 8.26.2016, and at STAIN Theater (Pamekasan, Madura, Indonesia) 8.27.2016
Human Animal photoshoot organized by Ari Rudenko, shot by Paul Yuwomo and Lee Ginxiu, assistance by Hasta Putra Aditama and Noel Roos. Lemukih, Bali, Indonesia, July 16 2016
Claymozome: directed and organized by Ari Rudenko, performed by Ari Rudenko and Alfo Smith Kutanggas (Noken Star Papua), shot by Gendis Photoworks in Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia, June 2016.
HOLY GARDEN (FATAMORGANA DANCETHEATER) Produced, directed, and choreographed by Ari Rudenko, performed by Ari Rudenko, Shoko Yamamuro, Ni Luh Kompiang Davies, Barbara Byers, Lila Doge, Adrian Wong, and Brandon Yu. NOHspace Theater, San Francisco USA, February 23-24, 2016. Lighting design by Jack Beuttler.
HOLY GARDEN (touching the fruit of the void) Directed, choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko, with musical performance by Catur Sang Klana Wijaya and Fendy Rizk, Bali on Stage dance festival, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia, July 29, 2015.
IN HEAT - Performance Series exploring fusion of butoh and Balinese dance concepts
In Heat: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko, with original Balinese gamelan composition by I Wayan Rajeg and Kadek Astawa, performed by Gamelan Narwastu, Bali Art Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali), Bali Art Center, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia July 5, 2015.
In Heat: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko, music by Rusdi Vasta and full audience participation. Lanjong Art Festival, Tenggarong, East Borneo, Indonesia, May 29, 2015.
What Little Heat There Is: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko, Goddard Residency Showcase, Portownsend, Washington, USA, March 15, 2015.
Talking with Heat: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko. 1 Billion Rising, Shankara Global Banjar, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, February 28, 2015
Close to Core: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko. Pesta Monolog Komunitas Senja, Gedung Pertunukan DPC GMNI, February 21, 2015
The Center of the Universe (in a suitcase) : Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko, Psy Key Exhibition at Liberte Arts (March 1, 2014, Melbourne, Australia), Loopy Sundays Dance Exhibition, Loop (March 24, 2014, Melbourne, Australia).
SENYAWA: with the experimental music project from Jogjakarta, Betel Nut Cafe, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia January 24, 2014
The Spectacular Mind : Performance for the Seminar and Workshop, Hotel Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta, Indonesia, January 19, 2014
Makcik Project Episode 2 : Broken Mirrors - Biennale Jogja XII, exhibition steward and performer, coordinated by Jimmy Ong and Lashita Situmorang, curated by Grace Samboh, Kedai Kebun Forum, November 2013
The Moth: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko, Teater Garasi, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 1, 2013
HOLY GARDEN (menyentuh buah kekosongan - touching the fruit of the Void): Directed by Ari Rudenko, performance by Ari Rudenko, and featuring music by Catur Sang Klana Wijaya and Barbara Byers, and the performing arts students of Universitas Negeri Jember (UNEJ). Performances at Hitam Putih Gallery (November 15, 2013, Sangeh, Bali) Ashram Gandi (December 20, 2012, Klungkung, Bali) and Gedung Soetardjo at Universitas Negeri Jember (February 11-13, 2013 Jember, East Java)
Moa: Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko for Blushing Poppy Tundra, March 2 -3, 2012, S+S Project, Chicago, USA.
Second Mask : Choreographed and performed by Ari Rudenko under the guidance of Macarena Ortuzar, May 10, 2011, Brookes Drama Studio, Oxford, UK.
Naked Summer with DAIRAKUDAKAN Joined the Akaji Maro / Dairakudakan Summer Intensive in Hakuba, Japan, August 1-7 2015, and danced with Goldens in NAKED SUMMER on August 6, 2015. Photographs by Yukari Endo.
Between the Lines: Performance based on studio process with painter Noel Roos, performance on exhibition opening Cemara 6 Gallery-Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia, June 20, 2015. (Upcoming) at Sangkring Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 12, 2015
Waiting for Godot – Dance Theater Experiment (Ruang Asah Tukad Abu, Blushing Poppy Dance Company): Directed/curated by Jonas Sestakresna, collaboration between Nicole LeGette (Blushing Poppy Chicago), Tebo Aumbara, Hendra Utay, Ari Rudenko with Ega Arya, lighting by Bimo Bwipoalam, Ade Legito, and Jonas Sestakresna, at GEOKS theater, Singapadu, Bali, Indonesia, 27-28 January, 2015
FATAMORGANA (Ruang Asah Tukad Abu, Blushing Poppy Dance Company): Collaboration performance between Blushing Poppy Dance Club (Nicole LeGette, Carole McCurdy, Ari Rudenko) and Ruang Asah Tukad Abu (Tebo Aumbara, Jonas Sestakresna, Bimo Dwipoalam) music by Pentatonic Noise directed by Pak Pranoto, at Onion Collective, Ubud, Bali, Nov 9, 2014
Blushing Poppy dreamAdrift : October 15 - November 1. Surakarta, Central Java and Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia. Blushing Poppy performance and workshop series based on summer series in Chicago. I worked as the Indonesian language translator for workshops, and performed and helped coordinate tour in Indonesia
Blushing Poppy Stealth (Adrift) : June 1st - July 20th, 2014. Chicago streets. Directed by Nicole LeGette, featuring the Blushing Poppy Dance Club, and music by David Boykin. Funded by the Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council
Blushing Poppy Productions : disRupture enRapture : April 27 - 29, 2012, performed at Links Hall, Chicago. Development process at the Chicago Cultural Center, in part funded by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Directed by Nicole LeGette, featuring the Blushing Poppy Dance Club, music by Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra, vocals by Louise Clouter.
Cicada Summer : August 19 - 20 2011, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago. Directed by Mana Hashimoto, facilitated by Nicole LeGette and Joseph Ravens.
Searching the Vestiges of Love : June 12, 2011, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago. Directed by Diego Pinon, facilitated by Nicole LeGette and Joseph Ravens.