Three mysterious beings concoct a botanical fugue among the trees, revealed through the peculiar landscapes of dancers/co-directors Yulia Arakelyan, Erik Ferguson and Grant Miller. Journey into the fantastical, dream-like and vibrant scenes of “Waking the Green Sound: a dance film for the trees,” directed by Wobbly Dance, in collaboration with cinematographer Ian Lucero and musicians Sweetmeat.




created, directed and performed by

Yulia Arakelyan, Erik Ferguson, Grant Miller


cinematography and editing by Ian Lucero

original music by Sweetmeat

photography by Kamala Kingsley


Two years ago we decided to make a dance film. This decision to break away from live performance came from a desire to dance in outdoor space and to bring our audience even closer into our strange Wobbly world. We wanted to connect with nature on a deeper, visceral level. We wanted to show our disabled bodies and all their curves, scars and twists in relation to the curves, scars and twists of trees.

This film was made possible by a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and through the support of numerous volunteers and collaborators who worked with us throughout the creation, filming and post production phases of this project.





Open House at New Expressive Works

 New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) will throw open its doors with free classes, space to mingle, and opportunities to meet some of our incredible and committed independent professional performing artists!
We will have refreshments and light snacks. The event is kid-friendly and the venue is very accessible.
WHEN: August 27th,2016, 2:00pm - 6:00pm, "Waking the Green Sound" will screen between 4pm and 4:45pm
WHERE: New Expressive Works (810 SE Belmont, Portland OR 97214. Use the south entrance of the WYSE Building)
CONTACT: Subashini Ganesan,, 50-449-6160 for more information.


13th Annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

September 2nd, 7:30pm, Free

Black Box Experimental Studio at the ATLAS Institute (lower level B2)
1125 18th Street, Boulder, CO
University of Colorado at Boulder


Montana Film Festival

October 6-9th, 2016

Missoula, MT

For tickets and schedule visit



Disability Pride Art and Culture Film Festival 2016

Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival

May 27-29th, 2016

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St.

Portland, OR

Our film will screen on Sunday May 29th at 7pm

For a complete list of films and tickets visit the PDX ReelAbilities website


Portland International Film Festival 2016

presented by Northwest Film Center

Saturday February 20th at 1pm - Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum

Monday February 22nd at 6pm - Roseway Theater

For passes, tickets and more info, visit the PIFF website


Next Dance Cinema at Northwest Film Forum

Seattle, WA - December 7, 2015

Next Fest NW 2015: UTOPIA presented by Velocity Dance Center


Opening Doors: Celebrating 50 years of Dance at the UW

Seattle, WA - October 16, 2015


The Outlet Project’s “Dance on Film Fest”

 Hamilton, NJ - October 1, 2015


First Thursday Screenings at Cameo Gallery

Portland, OR - September 3, 2015

hosted by Wobbly, installation by Meghann Rose


"Odds and Ends: The Clearing" at The Clinton Street Theater

Portland, OR - August 27, 2015


"New Works from Portland: The Clearing" at Grand Illusion Cinema

Seattle, WA - July 28, 2015

presented by Karl Lind's "Odds and Ends" series and ExCinema


Premiere at The Headwaters Theater

Portland, OR - May 22-24, 2015

hosted by Wobbly



Yulia Arakelyan (co-director, performer) is a Portland based performance artist and co-founder of Wobbly – a multidisciplinary performance project. She has trained with CandoCo Dance Company in London (’04-’05) and has a BA in Dance from the University of Washington (’07). However, some of her most influential, life/body altering moments came from outside of the institutions through rigorous training by national and international artists such as Diego Pinon, Jurg Koch, Sheri Brown, Mizu Diesierto, Miguel Gutierrez and Yukio Suzuki. Along with partner Erik Ferguson, Yulia founded Wobbly in 2006. Since then, they have created many original short works, a full length group dance theatre production, performed in Seattle, Portland, Chicago and Barcelona, were part of a 6 month residency at Studio 2@Zoomtopia, and are currently working on an art film with filmmaker Ian Lucero to be premiered in May 2015 at The Headwaters Theatre. Wobbly’s work is in part supported by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Project. Yulia also works as an independent choreographer and has created original works for Polaris Dance Company as well as several solo works. In 2013, Yulia received an award from the Lilla Jewel Fund for Women Artist to create a new dance work for the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation’s annual social justice fundraiser. As an educator, Yulia has taught classes and workshops to people of all ages and abilities. She was a regular guest teacher at the annual Integrated Dance Summer Intensive at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has also taught at Lynch View Elementary School, Polaris Dance Center, and Beaumont College (England). In 2009, Yulia was invited to present about her work at the National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities in Washington DC.


Erik Ferguson (co-director, performer) is an anti-virtuoso movement artist living in Portland, Oregon, and co-founder of Wobbly Dance. He got his start studying improvisation with Alito Alessi in Trier, Germany in 2003 and has performed and taught DanceAbility and contact improvisation throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as the UK, Oaxaca, and British Columbia. He has most recently studied improvisation with Deborah Hay and Barbara Dilly. He is a perpetual student of Butoh who has studied with various teachers including Akira Kasai, Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, Mizu Desierto and many others. His performances range from storytelling to dance theatre exploring themes of embodiment, gender identity, and extremes of human emotion.


Grant Miller (guest artist) is a living artist in Portland, Oregon. His fires burn for butoh, mask, clown, ritual, voice, dramaturgy, art history, web design, cognitive science, and social consciousness. A native of the Willamette Valley, at the age of six Grant began to speak publicly about his experience of living a diverse body. His artistic pursuits began at Northwest Children's Theater and School just as he entered middle school. Between 2007-2011, Grant studied at Vassar College and The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Theatre Institute, where he developed commitment to performance practice. In 2012 Grant acted in Imago Theater's "The Black Lizard." He performs occasional administrative tasks for Water in the Desert, where he also participates in workshops, performances, and shared practice. Transformational teachers have included Giovanni Fusetti, Diego Piñon, Rachel Jett, Jeff Janisheki, Chris Grabowski, Gabrielle Cody, Sandra Stone, Emily Gottfried, Rebecca Lowe, Mizu Desierto, his family, and many unnamed here. Grant hopes that through his work he can honor his teachers and create art that teaches us to paint over our scars, rather than try to erase them.


Ian Lucero (cinematographer & editor) is a Portland-based filmmaker, cinematographer and editor who for the last 15 years has been documenting some of the Northwest's most prominent and up-and-coming artists, bringing awareness to the diversity of the region. He has captured theater performers and musicians such as Ahamefule J. Oluo (Seattle), Wobbly Dance (Portland), Meshi Chavez (Portland), Diego Piñon (Mexico), Kronos Quartet (San Francisco), and Degenerate Art Ensemble (Seattle). He has made short films for non-profits like Seattle Theatre Group (DANCE This and More Music @ the Moore youth programs), Oregon Community Foundation (Studio To School Convening), and Arts Corps (Seattle, Festa Fundraiser). Ian studied music at Cornish College of the Arts and eventually realized that behind the camera was where he was most comfortable. He recently collaborated with choreographer Haruko Nishimura on the film and theater piece “Dictator”, set to premiere in San Francisco in the fall of 2015. Additionally, a Wobbly-produced work (Ian's first film collaboration with the group) titled “Waking the Green Sound: a dance film for trees”, premieres in May of 2015. 


Beau-Caprice Vetch and Grey Francis (Sweetmeat) have been a collaborative force in the visual and audio arts since 2006.  First meeting in Olympia, Washington, the two have since produced installation art exhibits, renegade performance, video art, and a number of full length albums. With a background in classical piano and music theory, Francis has been deeply influenced by the six months he spent studying Indian classical music in northern India.  Vetch specializes in electronic music production, and creates most of Sweetmeat's sounds using samples from their surrounding environment.  Living in a remote valley west of Mount Rainier, the two are currently working on a variety of visual and audio productions. 


Kamala Kingsley (photographer) graduated from CCA in Oakland, CA, with a BFA in photography in 1997 and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Clients include Degenerate Art Ensemble, Mandy Greer, Mizu Desierto, Diego Piñón, Pal’s Shanty, The Headwaters Theater,  Etsuko Ichikawa, Wobbly Dance, Dance for Parkinsons (Seattle Theater Group), Tracy Broyles Choreography, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Tiki Kon, Iron Tikitender, Cully Neighborhood Farm, Where Women Create magazine,Fences for Fido and the Oregon Community Foundation. Her fine art has been shown at Vermillion, Roq la Rue, the Crocker Museum, the AKC Museum of the Dog and The China Institute in Paris, France, and has been published in "Subculture in the World" (Shoeisha, Japan), "Spectrum - The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art" (volumes 13, 15 & 19), Emaho Magazine (India), "This is Why You're Fat"  (Harper Collins),  and Studio Visit Magazine (Open Studios Press, Boston, MA) 2009 and 2010.  





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