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Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd, 2017 at 8 PM

Diphylleia Grayi

Diphylleia Grayi (Skeleton Key) is a fantastical, semi-autobiographical exploration of a creative person’s struggle with identity, depression and and the awakening of feminine power where healing and transformation are fueled by the secret medicine of fairy tales. The work is an immersive stage performance weaving together live music and song, visceral solo dance and storytelling ritual.

Degenerate Art Ensemble’s work has always offered an invitation to the audience to commit to stepping more deeply into life. Skeleton Flower is an immersive experience, providing an exhilarating rehearsal for the living of a full and creative life, by giving the audience opportunities to share their voice, take part in ritual, be an active part of the performance, see things from new perspectives, and take risks.

Unlike the large scale performances the ensemble has undertaken in the past few years at venues such as the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, the Baryshnikov Center in New York and REDCAT, on this tour the duo will be performing the live music, dance and song elements in rare, raw and intimate performance settings.


Degenerate Art Ensemble has shown their work throughout the US and Europe known for their large scale dance and theater projects, concerts, site-transforming spectacles and ongoing public experimentation. Recent highlights of the group's work include a major exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, was commissioned by director Robert Wilson to interpret his work Einstein on the Beach in 2012 and collaborated with the Kronos Quartet in 2013. Also in 2012 Degenerate Art Ensemble was commissioned by the city of Seattle to create a massive site specific work Underbelly with Olson Kundig Architects to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. The group’s most recent work Predator Songstress premiered at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco in 2015 followed by Seattle and will show in New York in November of 2017. In December of 2016 DAE teamed up with Czech rock legends Uz Jsme Doma for an epic orchestral work inspired by the music of Uz Jsme Doma and the music of Degenerate Art Ensemble for a concert at the Archa Theatre in Prague followed by a performances on the US West Coast in 2018. The group is currently in the early stages of the creation of their first Virtual Reality film.