Artist Projects

Degenerate Art Ensemble

Performing Arts, 2013



Degenerate Art Ensemble

Joshua Kohl and Haruko Nishimura are co-founders and co-artistic directors of the Seattle-based multi-art group Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). DAE’s work has been presented by major dance and music venues as well as shown in galleries, and was the subject of a large-scale exhibition at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum in 2011.  A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, Nishimura uses her work as a director and performer to question the relationship between audience and performer—putting them in each other’s way, causing collision and conflict—with the goal of awakening and transformation. Kohl is dedicated to the exploration and proliferation of genre-free music that utilizes all of the available tools of music-making. In addition to his work with DAE he is also an avid conductor of indie classical music. DAE recently worked with legendary theater director Robert Wilson to create an interpretation of his and Phillip Glass’s epic work Einstein On The Beach for the Baryshnikov Center in New York. The Predator’s Songstress has been awarded major development funding from the Seattle Center Foundation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. DAE’s work has been supported by the Paul G. Allen Foundation, National Performance Network, Meet the Composer, the NEA and U.S. Artists, among others.


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INDIVIDUAL COLLABORATOR BIOGRAPHIES

Joshua Kohl

Joshua Kohl is co-founder, conductor, composer and co-artistic director of the Seattle based multi-art group Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). Under his co-direction, DAE has become a leading entity on ...
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Haruko Nishimura

Haruko Nishimura has artistic-directed Seattle's Degenerate Art Ensemble along with music director Joshua Kohl since its formation in 1999 which is her primary creative outlet. ...
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