A corporal, visual and audio exploration of desire and yearning in the forest canopy.

A dancer unfurls herself towards the Sun, capturing with uncanny precision the jerky grace of a plant in a time-lapse movie. Another creeps, vine-like, up a huge tree; yet more lithe bodies cram themselves into a hollow trunk, like a colony of fungal parasites.
— Nature Magazine
a reverie on nature’s communion with itself and our interconnectedness to a fragile ecosystem.
— The Village Voice
explores the relationship between the leafy canopy above and the world below...enlightening and entertaining
— San Francisco Magazine
Every so often I would catch sight of Lomask dangling from virgin Douglas-firs on a rope the width of my thumb, gracefully building the movement lexicon for “biome.”
— Inkling Magazine
The message of environmental preservation was clear.... to show the conections shared by all living organisms in nature, including humans.
— The American Embassy, El Salvador

About biome

The Impetus

Through the ‘biome’ project, we explored the  cooperation and communication which occurs between different species in  nature. Our show gives audiences a corporal, visual, and audio  experience of the great interconnected web within the forest.

 

The Process and Creative Team

To achieve  this, we focused specifically on the cloud forest of Costa Rica where we  engaged in a creative retreat in 2006. The dancers and choreographer met regularly with local canopy tree biologists and ecologists who are studying the canopy and the wildlife that interacts there. We used critical scientific information as  a portal through which to connect more deeply with the spirit and  poetry of the forest. Our show  encourages a sense of preciousness and mystery around wild spaces in  nature – and potentially a resounding commitment to preservation. 

Artistic Director Jodi Lomask worked with Lead Scientific Adviser and Ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Costume Designer Kimie Sako, Filmmaker Amy Harrison, Sound Editor Roberto Salvatore, Sound Director Michael Zbyszynski, Video Artist Nate Pagel, Cameraman Daniel Zox, and the Capacitor performers, Cari Delaplane, Oscar Trujillo, Jocelyn Rudig, Nathan Brumbaugh, and Zack Bernstein.

The Experience

Capacitor created a performance which included a modular set that becomes a cutaway of the forest floor, a stand of trees, and the stems of tender new growth. The performers transform from leaf-cutter ants to families of monkeys, from leaves to droplets of water, and insects to tangling vines. The performers live out a fantasy that many audience members wished they could.

Educational Program

biome is often introduced by lead scientific adviser Dr Nalini Nadkarni with a 20 minute talk about the forest canopy.