Skeleton Flower / Diphylleia Grayi


Skeleton Flower is an immersive stage performance that combines rich imagery,  live music and song, visceral solo dance, storytelling ritual and virtual reality technology. The work is a collaboration between Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Haruko Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl with visual artist Elizabeth Jameson and virtual reality filmmaker Mischa Jakupcak.

Diphylleia Grayi (Skeleton Flower) is a fantastical, semi-autobiographical exploration through rich music, dance and virtual reality, of a creative person’s struggle with identity, depression and the awakening of feminine power where healing and transformation are fueled by the secret medicine of fairy tales. In each of these tales, bold female protagonists are punished and shamed for following their dreams, desires and paths to personal realization. In Nishimura’s childhood she had sensed a deep urgency in her mother’s telling of these stories, as if she was revealing her own painful struggle. Skeleton Flower exists in a realm where art, technology and ritual meet, using dance and live music with a rich layer of virtual reality that provides a glimpse into unseen dimensions.

The world premiere of Skeleton Flower will take place in November & December of 2018 in Seattle. In Addition, a virtual reality film of the same title will be released at the same time produced by Zoo Break Productions.


The Skeleton Flower, or Dyphalleia Grayi, is an Asian flower that becomes completely transparent when it rains. In Skeleton Flower we peer through the layers of reality to find the hidden forces that give us power.

This project has been made possible with the support of these fine organizations: