Exploring the space between nature documentary and anthropological account, Hanna Tuulikki narrates her recent moving image work Deer Dancer in a pre-recorded online performative lecture. 18.30 Wednesday 10 June until 18.30 Friday 12 June 2020.
Deer Dancer investigates the mimesis of deer, specifically representations within dance from across cultures. The work examines how the imitation of deer behaviour constructs 'wilderness' as the site for the cultivation of hetero-masculinity in 'gender performance' and how hunting mythologies shape and impact real ecologies.
Exploring these interconnections, Deer Dancer is an explicit, contemporary, life-crisis ritual for a damaged planet.
Deer Dancer was originally presented at Edinburgh Printmakers in 2019 as part of Edinburgh Art Festival. The exhibition comprised an audiovisual installation, incorporating music and costumed choreography on film, alongside a series of visual score print works.
Duration: 19 minutes
Performed & directed by Hanna Tuulikki
Character development and choreography by Will Dickie, Peter McMaster and Hanna Tuulikki
Dramaturgy by Peter McMaster
Movement direction by Will Dickie
Sound composed and recorded by Hanna Tuulikki
Sound mixed with Pete Smith
Director of photography by Andrew Begg
Edited by Laura Carreira and Hanna Tuulikki
On set wardrobe management by Lydia Honeybone
Production management by Amy Porteous
Costumes and print works by Hanna Tuulikki
Costume fabrication assistance by Lydia Honeybone
Developed through conversations and interviews with tradition bearers and academics, including Felipe Molina (Yaqui tradition bearer and translator), Larry Evers (American Indian Studies, The University of Arizona), Jack Brown (Abbots Bromley Horn Dance tradition bearer and historian), Doug and Joyce Gilbert (Trees for Life); by observing a number of dances and participating in rituals, including the Yaqui Deer Dance (Pascua Yaqui Easter ceremonies, Old Pascua, Tucson, Arizona, March 2018), Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (Abbots Bromley, September 2017 and September 2018); and direct learning with Sandra Robertson (Highland Fling), Indalecio 'Carlos' Moreno Matuz (Yaqui Deer Dance), Gary Faulkenberry (animal tracking, March, July 2018), Allan Common (deer stalking at Trees for Life, Dundreggan Conservation Estate, autumn 2017 and autumn 2018).
Commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers, funded by Creative Scotland. Research and development supported by Magnetic North Artist’s Attachment, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Creative Scotland. Additional support from Hope Scott Trust, The Work Room, University of Arizona Poetry Center, Trees for Life, Bothy Project, University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art, and CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.