Animal Etiquette


We are an international collaboration of multi-generational and interdisciplinary artists who combine contemporary dance, butoh, poetry, physical theatre and often live music. In our 17th year of working together, our ongoing research continues to lead us to our most essential personal and collective expression. Common themes in our performances include ecology, ritual and identity. In Animal Etiquette we look at the interrelationship of human and animal, primal instincts and manners, newness and decay.

Residency, Process and Performance

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These images were taken during the last days of our summer residency at The Nest Dance Sanctuary in Jerome, Arizona and during our residency and performance at Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti Amphitheatre.  The captured dances are a collage of images from both new and repertory work of Human Nature Dance Theatre.  Early on in our process for cultivating a new work, we began to explore ideas of both feral and domestic, human and animal, feminine and masculine.  The piece soon took on the title of “Animal Etiquette”.  While most of these themes are central to the Human Nature collaboration, the residency at The Nest allowed for us to open in new directions without the expectation of formulating a finished product performance.

Our intention with this site is to share with you a bit about our unusual creative process and to invite you to join in our explorations during our fall season throughout the west.  photos by Scott Sawyer and members of Human Nature Dance Theatre.