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The NETWORK project will have upcoming engagements this winter and Spring 2022 including supporting Tree plantings with creative exchange in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, in collaboration with CounterPulse, the Tenderloin Community Benefit District, and Larkin Street Youth Services. Other opportunities announced soon to interact with nature, one another, and in creative generation.

We would like to thank the following community organizations for their support on the Network Tree Planting Project

Larkin Street Youth Services, Art Program and young people for doing the Tree Counting!

La Cocina for providing meals to Larkin Street Youth Services Tree Counters

Mid-Market Business Association for underwriting the Tree Counters Stipends 

The full project premiere is projected for Summer 2022!


How can we see and feel connectedness, to our own roots, families (blood or chosen) and communities? And how might working directly with tree communities help us see, feel and recognize our interdependence—with one another and responsibility toward all life?

NETWORK addresses human survival and what we truly need– from sustainable living practices to communal engagement and empathy, as we recognize and build our resilience. Considering climate change, and other immediate crises, the project is inspired by systems of communication, resource-sharing and survival employed in tree communities, as a lens to consider human community building.

Directed by Krista DeNio and co-created with a team of performers, scientists, land stewards and designers, working with trees and land, utilizing dance, theater and media design, to create a multi-dimensional, embodied experience, connecting audience participants with the site, themselves and one another. Together we create communal systems and strategies toward our own survival.

All Photos by Hillary Goidell taken at Djerassi Resident Artists Program


NETWORK will be developed throughout Winter and Spring 2022, with engagements at CounterPulse and in the Tenderloin; followed by a Summer 2022 residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and project premiere in Summer 2022.

Co-produced by KDMG, CounterPulse, Djerassi Residents Artists Program

Core Collaborators:

Krista DeNio (director, choreographer/performer), Chloe Crotzer (biologist, dancer), Rosemary Hannon (dancer, performer), Amy Cranch (dancer, writer), Heidi Erickson (dancer), Diana Lara (dancer), Phoenicia Pettyjohn (dancer), Bhumi Patel (dancer, writer), paige sorvillo (dancer, choreographer), Kristen Rulifsen (dancer), Elton Bradman (composer), Dr. Monica Gagliano (ecologist), Dr. Maria Dolores McVarish (architect, designer), Marc L’Italien (architect, map maker); Jonathan Cordero & Gregg Castro (Ramaytush Ohlone advisors)


About KD>>Moving Ground//

KD>>MovingGround creates collaborative, interdisciplinary performance projects using dance and theater to investigate connections between impactful socio-political issues and our personal lives. Artistic Director, Krista DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator. She facilitates creative projects based on the principles and practices of ensemble-based theater. Her work is based in embodied experience, social justice, civic engagement and human-to-human interaction. With her collaborators, she builds site-specific, audience-interactive theater experiences, where performers, audience participants and community partners engage the storytelling from various perspectives and choice-making. Each experience is accompanied by forums for interaction.

Krista directs EchoTheaterSuitcase project, bringing together mixed ensembles of military veterans and civilian non-veterans, to create original, site-specific, audience interactive performance work based on the stories of each unique ensemble; and has worked with many choreographers and directors over the past 20+ years, most recently including Anne Bluethenthal and ABD Productions as an Artist Facilitator with Skywathcers and ABD Productions. Skywatchers creates performance work, engaging advocacy and community building with residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. | 

Header Photo: Paige Sorvillo by Hillary Goidell

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Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Rd
Woodside, CA 94062 United States
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