Human Nature Dance Theatre is a collaborative dance performance group. We create original works of an interdisciplinary nature, which explore human potential and our relationship with the natural world. Based in Flagstaff HNDT performs regularly in Northern Arizona and has an annual residency at Arcosanti Urban Laboratory where we continue to play with the ongoing experiment of group collaboration.
Collaboration in art is like living in the wild. If you come across a wild animal in the free, you do not just walk up to it and say hello and slap it on the back like an old friend. You stop, stay still and witness with held breath. Approach Human Nature Dance Theatre in the same way, for the wildness of these passions do not come easily and it's beauty can slip away in a heart beat.
"Great art takes work. Not just on the part of the artist, though. Every work of art has an audience. When the artist allows the audience to find its own experiences and its own heart in the art presented, when we see ourselves reflected, art becomes transformative. —John Tannous on Human Nature Dance Theatre
Human Nature Dance Theatre was formed in 1994 by long-time collaborators Delisa Myles, Jayne Lee and Paul Moore and is often joined by other artists such as Francis Martineau, Breanna Rogers, Mizu Desierto, Syzygy Butoh, Amelia Burns, Nathan Montgomery and Bob Webb.
In 2008 Human Nature received the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre.
HNDT is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization funded by
Flagstaff Arts Council,
the City of Flagstaff's BBB revenues Fund,
and Arizona Commission on the Arts,
Dances for a Small Space
Jayne Lee, Gina Marie Shorten, Cynthia Dewell Ahlers, Frederica Hall,
Delisa Myles, Breanna Rogers, Ashely Fine,
Paul Moore & Eriko Okugawa Starley
Joanie Patrice & Gina Marie Shorten
Bob Frumhoff & Jayne Lee
and two films by
Amanda Kapp featuring Leonard Wood, Jayne Lee and Olivia Beckley
Fire, the essential element, is a metaphor for life. It is the visible expression of the creative process. It consumes the past and is entirely focused on the present, sometimes at the expense of the future. And yet an integral part of that future.
The story of fire begins with the original blast. It is integral with the birth of our universe. Energy and matter are intertwined. With creation comes destruction.
In time humans overcome fear and make use of fire for light, warmth and power. We sit around the campfire telling our stories. Fire becomes a tool and is controlled through suppression.
More recently this management of nature by humans, creates a condition is ripe for wildfire, for it is clear that fire as an elemental force cannot be packaged.
We understand the ease at which fire can leap out of the container and quickly spread through huge expanses from tree top to tree top. And leave in its wake scorched earth and blackened wood. We can walk through the ashes and know fire, as only a destructive element, instantly forgetting all of its creative and warming qualities.
And so more than anything, fire is potential. Inherent in the material of life, are infinite possibilities. Included amongst those possibilities is death. And maybe part of our role as humans in nature is that of keeping the embers alive and sustaining the life forces and stretching the boundaries of possibility without exploding them beyond the capacity of this universe.
Human Nature Dance Theatre's performance of Weather Wild at Arcosanti Saturday night was the most thought provoking and deeply moving performance I've yet to see from this group of performance artists. Through movement and spoken word the company coaxes the audience to feel and explore in their mind, the changes that are happening to our world. To contemplate how it affects our lives, to think about why the drastic changes we're seeing in our climate and to explore if those changes are Human or just Nature. From the very beginning through the end, they guide the audience into an alternate view of the world, pulling them outside their daily normal way and opening them to an abstraction of reality so that one can sense the textures, fragility and scent of Nature's grasses in contrast to the hectic tangled world of Human created technology. A river flows and froths. Celtic beings confront a blackness that maybe the wee sheep may survive, but will we humans ? Large flat shapeless beings roam the stage, could these represent our future ? Is a sterile dying planet our destiny, or is there hope to save Nature and Humanity. I highly encourage you to pause from your normal routine and take in the final performance of Human Nature's Weather Wild at the Coconino Center of the Arts in Flagstaff, Wednesday October 8th at 7:30.
Earl Duque -
A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE,
DISCUSSION AND CALL TO ACTION
Friday Dec 11 2015 @ 7:30 pm - $10
HUMAN NATURE DANCE STUDIO
4 W. Phoenix Ave, Flagstaff, AZ
DANCE, THEATRE, SPOKEN WORD, FILM, PERFORMANCE ART.
Jayne Lee, Paul Moore, Eriko Starley, Eric Souders, Frederica Hall.