Artist Projects

The Predator's Songstress


Degenerate Art Ensemble

The Predator’s Songstress is a series of multi-disciplinary, site-transforming portraits revealing the stories of six invented anti-heroines inspired by historical, mythical and contemporary women. This work aims to redefine what a portrait can be­, approaching the subjects through multiple interpretations set in an immersive environment including theatrical dance, diorama, video portraiture and live music developed by DAE’s team of artists and artisans. The inner world of these characters is explored through emotive song, visceral dance, physical theatricality and through DAE’s punk-comedy-horror sensibility and audience interaction. Large format video portraits explore the iconography of each character. Sculptural dioramas created in collaboration with the innovative firm Olson Kundig Architects incapsulate the world the characters inhabit. Animation pieces tell their stories. These elements are bound together in an environment infused with live, post-genre music for strings, electronics and idiosyncratic voice. The third chapter of this work, Warrior, will be performed with the Kronos Quartet in November of 2013.

Project Updates

  • 2014: Degenerate Art Ensemble receive a 2014 MAP Fund Grant for Predator’s Songstress

  • Artists

    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). D…

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    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…

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    Haruko Nishimura

    Haruko Nishimura has artistic-directed Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble along with music director Joshua Kohl since its formati…

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  • Events

    Nov 16 – Nov 16, 2013
    The Kronos Quartet performs Degenerate Art Ensemble's Creative Capital project, "Predator's Songstress" at the Seattle Theatre Group



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  • Project News

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    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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