Wild Actions is a movement-based investigative ensemble, focused on multidisciplinary performance. WA formed in 2016 to more fully represent and credit all collaborators and their labor, in both creation and performance. Together, dancers, musicians, writers, actors, designers, and visual artists create independent, interactive installations; intimate, small-scale shows; evening-length performances; public interventions; and other opportunities for collaboration. We address alternative points of view with non-linear narratives, noise and experimental sound scores, and improvised choreography without boundaries of predictive line or uniform flow. We revel in approaching the obstacle, the impossible, the everyday, the behavioral, and the momentary. 

To create WA events, we observe and acknowledge the elements of each site/venue and then form a semi-flexible performance trajectory. We design visual elements and installations. We create live music/sound/noise scores, sometimes with acoustic or electronic instruments and sometimes with the installation materials. We believe audience/participants have an integral role of interaction, whether seated in a dark theater or walking down the street through an art action. We attempt to prime the public for an interactive experience - first with promotional materials; then their initial encounter of the performance space; and finally, we encourage the audience/participants to make their own choices during the performance. These choices inevitably affect and often determine a new performance trajectory. Just as we want to stand in our own agency as artists, Wild Actions wants audiences to not only have, but access and attend to their agency, identity, intuition, curiosity, body, and sensory experience. 

Sharing space, having responsibility towards oneself and one’s surroundings, co-creating with one’s peers, and being attentive to the physical body’s needs are values Wild Actions strives to cultivate. These are essential – for performance and everyday living. We ask the public join us in search of new moments where we can say yes to each other, not trying to avoid conflict, instead embracing the natural state of complexity and conflict we all inhabit. 

Despite the rigor and experimental nature of our work, WA is not hermetic nor exclusive. On the contrary, we believe in inclusion and arts access for all. We believe that everyone deserves to experience art both in and out of dedicated art spaces. We purposefully create and participate in free events or ask for a pay-what-you-will ticket price between $0-20. We never turn away anyone who is curious and interested if they cannot pay.

photo: Michelle Lotker

photo: Michelle Lotker

 

"As a movement-based improviser and collaborator, I am always intrigued and nourished when I find those moments of new, unfamiliar places, especially when they resonate deeply with YES. Perhaps it’s an agreement with myself or one other or many people at once, but the YES is what I strive for. Nothing can be repeated exactly the same way twice but a similar feeling can be found over and over, and that pathway can happen in a million different ways. I’m not looking for comfort in knowing what’s coming next, I revel in discovery, which can be odd or messy or uneasy at times. But accessing a deeper sense of understanding and intrigue and YES makes it worth the risk."  -director Ginger Wagg