generate. degenerate.





How sad / to think I will end / as only / a pale green mist / drifting the far fields. –Ono No Komachi









A woman. Bicycles. Moving forwards. Backwards. Nowhere. Gone.  The challenge: to make and perform a multi-media piece using only sustainable energy.  In generate. degenerate. the sound, media, and light are powered entirely by the physical actions of the performers.  Aided by a score of vintage country and western, a life is simultaneously told and erased in the telling.

Premiere date: 9/10/2009 Off the Grid Theater Festival, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

Conceived and Directed by: Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein
Choreography and Performance: Amanda Miller
Video and Visual Design: Tobin Rothlein
Lighting and Bicycle Generator Design: James Clotfelter
Costume and Set Design: Miller Rothlein
Music: L. V. Beethoven, Ernest Tubb, Chet Atkins, Beatrice Kay, Ted Daffan’s Texans, and Roy Acuff
Poem: Ono No Komachi

“…a single dancer, in a simple sheath, enacting balletically gracious movement… isolated, ruminative…” – K. Ross Hoffman

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