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ARI RUDENKO BIOGRAPHY
Ari Rudenko is an interdisciplinary visual artist and performance maker originally hailing from the wild San Juan Islands in the American Pacific Northwest, now based primarily in Indonesia, and working with a trans-cultural avant-garde aesthetic and mission through their performance vehicle Fatamorgana Dancetheater. Questioning into the natural world, deep time, and the primordial stories written in the psyche, Ari explores the possible intersections of butoh theater, traditional and contemporary Southeast Asian performing arts, queer identity, ritual and shamanic practices, and an ongoing interest in the natural sciences, creating a total theater that touches the hidden treasure at the heart of the world.
After completing an undergraduate philosophy and humanities degree from Shimer College, and Shimer’s affiliate program at King’s College, Oxford University, Ari began a serious study of butoh theater, having since trained in Japan, the UK, America, and Australia with lineage masters.
In 2012, Ari was awarded a Darmasiswa Scholarship to study at the Art Institute of Indonesia in Bali, and has since worked closely with Indonesian and international artists, facilitating encounters between contemporary practice and tradition, and rigorously pursuing the potentials and complexities of cross-cultural performance making. Ari is now the final semester of a low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, while based in Southeast Asia.
Ari directed, designed and choreographed Fatamorgana Dancetheater’s first feature performance HOLY GARDEN, a deep-dream dialog with Indonesian traditional mysticism, which ran between 2013-2015 in Indonesia, and premiered at NOHspace theater, San Francisco, in February 2016. Ari is currently developing a second feature performance, an investigation into fossil dinosaurs and the evolution of avian flight; a story of life and death that speaks to the vastness of time, the universality of desire, and limitless potential of the human body.
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