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Degenerate Art Ensemble's RED SHOES
Frye Art Museum
Seattle, WA
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Degenerate Art Ensemble's RED SHOES
Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes: Premiere Performance


Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes reimagines Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a girl who is cursed to dance herself to death as a punishment for following her creative desires. DAE's interpretation of this beloved fairy tale is a rich drama of dreams, passion, discipline, desire, transformation, and reinvention, danced through mountains and forests, across rivers, and through time.

Beginning at the Frye Art Museum, the audience will follow the performance spilling onto the streets and into several magical locations around First Hill. Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes is an ambitious work that was incubated and produced in the embrace of an unprecedented First Hill neighborhood partnership.

Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes features work by a range of talented interdisciplinary artists, including sets by Jason Puccinelli; sound design by Robb Kunz; video by Leo Mayberry; costumes by Christine Tschirgi; sculptures by Colin Ernst, Ela Lamblin, and Oscar Lofgren; music by Jherek Bischoff, Joshua Kohl, and Susie Kozawa; lighting design by Dan Corson; and dance by Haruko Nishimura and Dohee Lee, with choreographic contributions by Amy O'Neal and Trinidad Martinez. Special guests include vocalist and percussionist Dohee Lee, a marching band, a string quartet, and the sixty-member Cathedral Choir of St. James. Current DAE members and collaborators include Colin Ernst, Mandy Greer, Stefan Gruber, Joshua Kohl, Robb Kunz, Ian Lucero, Leo Mayberry, Steven Miller, Ruthie Nicklaus, Haruko Nishimura, Jason Puccinelli, Bruce Tom and Nik Weisend. Stage manager is Claire Branch. Technical directors are Theresa Ulrich and Terry Podgorski; production manager is Olivia Taguinod.

Red Shoes will be presented for limited audiences on consecutive Thursday evenings: May 12, May 19, and May 26.

The performance runs approximately 2.5 hours. The audience will be required to do some rigorous walking and extended periods of standing. Sightlines will also be challenging. In other words, this is a very non-conventional performance situation.

Individuals with confirmed Brown Paper Ticket reservations must redeem performance wrist bands, available the night of the performance at the Frye Art Museum from 6:30 pm to 7:10 pm. Wrist bands not redeemed by 7:15 will be released.

6:30 to 7:10pm   Box Office open for Brown Paper Ticket reservations to redeem wrist band and map
7:00 pm  Standby numbers distributed at box office
7:15 pm  Unclaimed reservations are released to standby attendees
7:30 pm  Performance starts

Standby Policy
In the event that all reservations for a DAE performance are full, standby numbers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning thirty minutes prior to the performance. Should space become available, numbers will be called fifteen minutes before the performance begins and wrist bands will be given out.

Dress and Audience Mobility
Each Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes performance includes scenes presented at indoor and outdoor First Hill locations, each within easy walking distance.  A map with directions to the performance locations will be provided with each wrist band. Please dress appropriately for variable weather and rigorous walking. Performances may not be suitable for children or individuals with limited mobility. Due to safety considerations and in order to preserve sightlines NO UMBRELLAS will be allowed at the performances.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, please contact: and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.


The Red Shoes performances are part of Degenerate Art Ensemble, on view at the Frye Art Museum from March 19 through June 19. The exhibition includes sound works, sculpture, props, costumes, films, photo and video documentation and video projections.  Degenerate Art Ensemble was conceived and executed in a process of dialogue and close collaboration between Frye Art Museum curator Robin Held, DAE artists, and DAE co-artistic directors Haruko Nishimura and Joshua Kohl.

Degenerate Art Ensemble is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Robin Held in collaboration with the artists. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors and the Offield Family Foundation. Media sponsor for the exhibition is Seattle Met magazine. Seasonal support is provided by ArtsFund.

The Frye Art Museum's participation in Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes is sponsored in part by Olson Kundig Architects.

Performances of Degenerate Art Ensemble's Red Shoes are free, thanks to support from Neighborhood Matching Fund, Frye Foundation, 4Culture, 4Culture SITE-SPECIFIC, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Washington State Arts Commission, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Watermill Center: A Laboratory for Performance.



Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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