NETWORK is a multi-year project addressing human survival in the face of isolation, climate and other crises.
In a time when so many forces make us feel lost, isolated, or literally separate us from one another and other resources we most need to survive and thrive— NETWORK asks us to remember, build and expand our individual and community resilience. Considering climate change, other dire circumstances we face and our need to sustain ourselves and our human communities, the project is inspired by systems of communication and survival employed by tree communities. How can we see and feel connectedness, to our own roots, families (blood or chosen) and communities? In our contemporary lives, we are often so busy “doing” that we don’t have the time and space to see, feel or realize our interdependence. That separation weakens us as individuals and communities disconnected from our interrelationship with the world around us; the resources literally keeping us alive.
The NETWORK project will work with participants in multiple communities and aims to create a project model (with each community) that will serve local communities in communications and resource sharing with one another, during times of crisis.
The project has been explored and researched in multiple phases and will premiere it’s first evening length, audience-interactive, performance experience in Spring 2021.
Based on experiential research our team of performers and designers will create a multi-dimensional, participatory, tactile experience–working with trees and land, dance, theater and media design united with material installation. We are currently locating our SF/Bay Area partners for a performance experience that will take place both indoors and outdoors, bringing audiences into
Engagement 5: Djerassi Residency, June-July 2020; research residency, Artistic Director, Krista DeNio working together with Chloe Crotzer (biologist) preparing project model foundations, applying biological processes of tree root systems, to choreographic processes and otherwise project model for our 2020-21 production.
Engagement 4: Laboratorio Condensacion, July 2019; Krista DeNio worked in research residency and workshop, Mexico City, with Arely Landeros and Martin Lanz Landazuri and led experiments with workshop participants (performers, scientists, community workers) at Centro Nacional de Las Artes (CENART)
Engagement 3: NETWORK research in action @ BIONEERS Conference! Sunday, 10/22, 2017: 1-2:30pm | All artists will be present
KDMG & Dance Monks collaborate at Bioneers in an immersive experience on the grounds of the festival.
We invite you to root in and join us in an experiential installation and body-based recharge. Your journey will be as restful, contemplative or physical as you choose. We will offer prompts for exploration along the way. There will be invitations to share your experience and all engagement is optional.
The heart of this research is at the intersection of two long-term projects: NETWORK (Krista DeNio>>Moving Ground) and Tree of Life (Dance Monks).
Engagement 2: International Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium and Moving Arts Lab @ Earthdance, July 16-23, 2017
Engagement 1: BDP @ U.C. Berkeley
Initial research for the project has occurred in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley students through the Theater, Dance and Performance Studies department [TDPS] and Berkeley Dance Project (BDP). This performance work engages devised dance, interviews and personal narratives from ensemble members, family and friends to investigate the transformation from organic systems of communication, to confinement through systemic oppression, and finally resistance for survival.
April 20-29, 2017 | 8:00p
Zellerbach Playhouse, U.C. Berkeley