ITDP: LAKE & The Death Star Migration
By Deirdre Morris
This stilt-walking migration commences at 5 p.m. at the Egghead sculpture outside of Wright Hall, then crosses the Quad lawn and concludes at approximately 6 p.m. at the southwest outdoor corner of the “Death Star” Social Sciences & Humanities building.
ITDP presents a unique campus-based piece by Deirdre Morris, graduating MFA candidate, titled “LAKE & The Death Star Migration.” LAKE (which stands for Land Acquired Knowledge Embodied) is a practice-as-research project exploring concepts of human-to-place relationships and embodied wilderness through multimedia, interdisciplinary performance.
Morris explains, “In LAKE, we aim to deepen our understanding of how humans belong in landscapes. In this era of intense human impact on ecosystems, we prioritize what the performing arts contribute to understanding the relationship of humans to place, both wilderness and human-built spaces.”
“LAKE & The Death Star Migration” is a traveling outdoor performance across the UC Davis campus and Arboretum. The piece employs live video projections on the Social Sciences & Humanities building (known as “Death Star”) of a herd of stilt-walking performers as they migrate across the campus. The stilt herd will be “performing” and interacting with anything or anyone they encounter along the way, allowing for an immersive experience by the audience/participants.
Morris, an interdisciplinary performing and visual artist, director, educator, activist and choreographer, believes that art is the means by which we transform our world. She has worked extensively in collaborative and solo theatrical formats, with a focus on site-specific performance utilizing ritual and Butoh influenced movement work, unique aerial apparatus, acrobatic stilts, video and shadow puppetry.
“LAKE & The Death Star Migration” is unticketed with $5 suggested donation.