Interdisciplinary artist Ari Rudenko (www.arirudenko.com) is the 2017 featured artist in residence at The Ark Project (owned by visual artist Tobias Tovera, www.tobiastovera.com) at Peralta Studios in West Oakland April 24 - June 2. In the Ark Project Residency PREHISTORIC BODY LAB, Ari will lead explorations into deep-time animal dance - drawing deeply from butoh theater, Indonesian animal dance forms, vertebrate biomechanics, and the science of paleontology. In this laboratory, we will study the evolution of the vertebrate branch of the Tree of Life, starting with our great, great grandmother Haikouichthys - the first known animal with a notochord, the precursor to the backbone, which evolved in the Cambrian Explosion 535 million years ago (and is similar to the human embryo at 2 weeks old). Through both technical physical dance training based on comparative anatomy, and deep-time movement meditations, we will explore the grand inheritance of the Tree of Life, coming to understand our lineage as one amongst many branches. This project aims to activate a deep-time consciousness of the themes of vitality, survival, extinction, seduction and sexual desire, fear and intimidation, and the miracle of body and form in the endless flux of the natural world.Read More
A write up on the upcoming Prehistoric Body Theater GHOSTS OF HELL CREEK project at the Burke Museum and University of Washington! This proposal was a joint application between me, and Burke Museum curator of paleontology Greg Wilson, who specializes in the evolution of mammals during the great mass extinction 65 million years ago - including our earliest ancestor, the first primate Purgatorius. Looking forward to beginning the main body of this project in January 2018 in Seattle!Read More
Prehistoric Body Theater: GHOSTS OF HELL CREEK
By Ari Rudenko, with the Evergreen Embodied Arts Tribe
Sunday, April 16, 2017
7:00pm -- doors open ----- 7:30pm -- performance begins
Artist Q+A after the show
@ The Studio -- 405 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, WA
$5 suggested donation
(all are welcome, NO ONE TURNED AWAY due to lack of funds)
The Prehistoric Body Theater is an interdisciplinary deep-time animal dance project conceived by transcultural performance maker Ari Rudenko, that explores our identity not simply as humans, but as vertebrates in an interrelated web of living organisms with a common story of familial ancestry stretching back hundreds of millions of years. The Prehistoric Body Theater is a wild but refined dance experience, developed with a fusion of techniques from Japanese Butoh theater, inspiration from Indonesian animal dance traditions, movement research with living animals, and through mentorship and collaboration with leading paleontologists.
This performance, "Ghosts of Hell Creek" will be the fruit of a 4 day intensive workshop lead by Ari Rudenko, with the Embodied Arts Tribe -- a student organization at The Evergreen State College. The Event is produced/managed by Ivan Daniel Espinosa. For information about the workshop, see the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493829207316300/
The Hell Creek Formation in eastern Montana captures a flood-jungle ecosystem from just before, during, and after the Chicxulub asteroid impact 65.5 million years ago - a catastrophic event that sent molten rock waves the height of the Himalayas rolling over the Gulf of Mexico, and induced an apocalyptic global wildfire that may have incinerated most of our planet within two hours - an event that marked the end of the reign of the dinosaurs, and the dawn of the rise of mammals. "Ghosts of Hell Creek" tells the story of the last of the magnificently feathered, hyper-carniverous raptor dinosaurs, named Acheroraptor, and she seduces the firey void with her futile mating dance. Meanwhile, our earliest known ancestor, the proto-primate Purgatorius, reaches from the ashes for the first fleshy fruit.