Skeleton Flower is a performance that combines rich imagery, live music and song, solo dance and storytelling ritual. This new performance is a semi-autobiographical exploration of a creative person’s struggle with identity, depression and the awakening of personal power. Director Haruko Crow Nishimura draws on her own difficult and at times violent upbringing which led to major breakdowns and years of depression. The work explores how, through creativity, she was able to not only survive, but also share her imagination with others, and transform herself in the process. In Skeleton Flower, Nishimura’s personal story is melded together with three fairy tales in which female protagonists overcame great opposition by putting their creative desires into action. A work in progress version of Skeleton Flower was performed at the Spotlight USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria presented by American Dance Abroad and the full world premiere took take place in Seattle in March of 2019. In Addition, a virtual reality film of the same title will be released at the same time produced by Zoo Break Productions.
The following is an excerpt from our WORK IN PROGRESS version in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in March of 2018. The full production will premiere in the winter of 2018/19. Dates will be posted soon!
SKELETON FLOWER WILL ALSO BECOME A VIRTUAL REALITY FILM PRODUCED BY ZOOBREAK PRODUCTIONS! CHECK BACK HERE FOR UPDATES!
The Skeleton Flower, or Dyphalleia Grayi, is an Asian flower that becomes completely transparent when it rains. In Skeleton Flower we peer through the layers of reality to find the hidden forces that give us power.
This project has been made possible with the support of these fine organizations: