live performing arts, experimental site-specific devised theatre, interactive performance, and public art

Vessel

Selected Performance History











Devised Work

Asylum, a site-specific immersive performance about women, writing, and madness developed over 2 years. Part 3 of The Muse Trilogy. The Ice House, Phoenix. November 2013.


The Sun Serpent, a two-year (2010-2011) devising project with Childsplay by playwright José Cruz González and composer Daniel Valdez. Premiered at the Tempe Center for the Arts in October 2011. Remounted at Mixed Blood Theatre, featured performance of the Second’s Festival in Minneapolis, MN. February 2014. For more information, visit www.rachelbowditch.com

Unreal City: Remixes of the Arizona Landscape in collaboration with Verbobala and SonicAnta.
A new devised work-in-progress. Phoenix Art Museum. April 2011.

The Ophelia Project: A Poetic Portrait of the Lives and Writing of Virginia Woolf, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath. Three-year script development November 2006 – April 2009. World premiere produced by Arizona Women’s Theatre Company, April 2009. Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in collaboration with the Taliesin Architecture apprentices.  Philadelphia Live Arts/Fringe Festival, Media Bureau, Philadelphia. September 2008. Phoenix Fringe Festival. Space 55, Phoenix. May 2008. Work-in-Progress. Lyceum, School of Theatre and Film, Arizona State University. April 2008.


Arcana. Downstairs Series, Ontological Hysteric Theatre. New York City. August 2002. Original devised work. Directed and produced by Rachel Bowditch.

A Woman’s Place by Susan Riskin. HERE Performing Arts Center, New York City. April 2001. Directed by Rachel Bowditch.

Mastaba. American Living Room Festival, HERE Performing Arts Center. New York City. July 2000. Original devised work. Directed and produced by Rachel Bowditch.

City of Bells: An Adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s Poetry. HERE Performing Arts Center. March 2000. Original devised work. Directed and produced by Rachel Bowditch. 

Public Art Performance Installations









Abraxa: Multi-media window installation and performance. INFLUX 5. Scottsdale Public Art and EMERGE 2015. ASU Museum Brickyard. December 2014. Juried.

Memory Room: A Performance Installation about Women, Writing, and Memory.  IN FLUX 3 Scottsdale Public Art. Marshall Way Gallery District, Scottsdale. March-June 2013. Juried.


Public Art Commissions and Invited: Atmospheric Site-Specific Performances

Transfix: 1996 to Present








  • Transfix: Painted Desert. Photo shoot with Scott London. February 2015. 


  • ASU President’s Club Holiday Fundraiser  featuring the Herberger Institute. The Phoenician. December 2014.


  • Transfix: Unreal City  with projections. Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Fairmont Hotel, Scottsdale. Private event. July 25, 2014.


  • ​Opening reception for Still/Life exhibition. Phoenix Art Museum. February 2014.


  • Desierto Remix with Nemcataoca and Verbabala. Deer Valley Art Center, Phoenix, October, 2013. 


  • The Void, FUSE Project. Galvin Mainstage, September 2013. 


  • Burning Man Opera tribute to Pepe Ozan with Butoh Troupe Bad Unkl Sista (San Francisco), Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, August 2013. **Featured 3 times in Rolling Stone Magazine.
  • SPARK Festival. Mesa Arts Center. March 2013.


  • Macerich Employee Recognition Holiday Party, Biltmore Fashion Park, Scottsdale. December 2012.


  • Mesa Festival of Creativity. Commissioned by the City of Mesa and the Mesa Arts Council. March 9-18, 2012.  Mesa, AZ. 


  • Fashion’s Night Out, Biltmore Fashion Park, Scottsdale. September 2012.


  • Narcisse New Year's Eve Celebration. Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale, Arizona. January 2011.


  • Scorpius Dance Benefit, Catwalk. Phoenix Theatre, April 2010.


  • Transfix Retrospective 1996-2010: A Multi-Media Performance Installation in collaboration with Verbobala, SonicAnta, Chris Loomis Photography, Saskia Jorda, and Simon De Aguero.  Monorchid Gallery. April 2010.


  • Fashion Rules Gala. Neiman Marcus. March 2010.


  • Imperial Dunes Video and Photography Shoot with 8 performers, professional photography by Chris Loomis and installation artist Saskia Jorda. Imperial Dunes, California. February 2010.


  • The Art of Maintenance: Fish Herding at Scottsdale Canal. Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art. January 2010. A site-specific performance of Transfix with 24 performers. Marshall Way Bridge, Scottsdale, AZ. 


  • Where the Sidewalk Ends. Fashion photoshot with photographer Chris Loomis, May 2009. Phoenix, Arizona. 


  • SMoCA Nights no.18: Valley Fever. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. March 2009.


  • Phoenix Fringe Festival. Opening Night performance gala. Space 55. May 2008.


  • NightActs 1: Art Museum, Arizona State University. February 2008. Collaboration with Jacob Pinholster.


  • Sound in the Ground. Mesa Center for Contemporary Arts. Vessel performed Transfix for outdoor public art evening. March 2008.


  • Bell Rock, Sedona and Sunset Point Film/Photography Shoot. Sedona, Arizona. March 2007.


  • Starving Artists Ball. Angel Orensanz Foundation. October 2005.


  • Performance Studies International #11, Brown University, Rhode Island. April 2005.


  • The Kitchen,Street Fair. The Kitchen, New York City. September 2004.


  • The Unconvention: American Theatre Festival. Abingdon Theatre, New York City. September 2004.


  • Howl! Festival. Tompkins Square Park, New York City. August 2004.


  • The Kitchen. Street Fair. The Kitchen, New York City. September 2003.

  • Philadelphia Live Arts/Fringe Festival. Independence Mall, Rittenhouse Square, and Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia. September 2003.


  • The Busking Bonanza.Tompkins Square Park, New York City. 2003.


  • New York International Fringe Festival. Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, Grand Central, and Times Square, New York City. August 2002.


  • The Busking Bonanza. Tompkins Square Park, New York City. 2000.


  • GenArt Summer Arts Festival. Puck Building, New York City. July 2001.


  • “Meditation on Time” with video artists Square/Square. Synchronic Hosted by DJ Spooky (Weekly Event). Lunatarium. Dumbo, New York City. November 2001.


  • “ Virtual Web II” with video artists Square/Square. Synchronic Hosted by DJ Spooky (Weekly Event). Lunatarium. Dumbo, New York City. 2001.


  • “Virtual Web” Experiment in Time. Synchronic Hosted by DJ Spooky (Weekly Event). Lunatarium. Dumbo, New York City. November 2001. (An experimental cultural collaboration with DJ Spooky. Art Installations, multi-media art and performance). 


  • New York International Independent Film Festival. Madison Square Garden, New York City. March 2001.


  • Le Jeu de L’Art et Du Hasard, (The Play of Art and Chance). Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras, France. April 1999.


  • Transfix: Performance Installation. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. October 1997.


  • Theatre of Madness in Motion: Birth of Transfix. Feast For the Senses Art Festival, Skidmore College. April 1996.


Spectrum: 2008 to Present








  • Create Academy Fundraiser. April 2014. 


  • School of Life Sciences Open House. Arizona State University. April 2015. 
  • Visit Mesa Vendors Conference. Commemorative Air Museum, Mesa. September 2014. 


  • Spectrum: Community Waterfall. Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Fairmont Hotel, Scottsdale. Private event. July 25, 2014.


  • Visit Mesa Visitors Bureau Event Planners conference. Mesa Center for the Arts. May 2014.


  • I.D.E.A. Museum. Opening VIP reception of new museum. March 2014. Invited.


  • ASU Homecoming. October 2014. 


  • Film shoot for City of Mesa “Limitless” promotional video, 2014.


  • Spark Festival. Mesa Arts Center. March 2013. Spark Festival Commission.


  • Mesa Winter Arts Festival, December 2013. 


  • Mesa Festival of Creativity. Commissioned by the City of Mesa and the Mesa Arts Council.  March 9-18, 2012.  Mesa, AZ.


  • Canal Convergence: Water + Air + Light.Scottsdale Public Art. Fall Equinox. November 2012.


  • Narcisse New Year's Eve Celebration. Red Lady. Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale, Arizona. January 2011.


  • Sunset Ritual and Community Waterfall.Soleri Bridge Dedication and Inaugural Ceremony with the Mayor of Scottsdale and Paolo Soleri. Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art, December 10-11, 2010. Scottsdale, AZ. 


  • NightActs 2: Arizona State University Art Museum. February 2009.


  • First Friday and the Phoenix Fringe Festival. May 2008.


Chrome: 2012 to Present​​







  • Mesa Winter Arts Festival, 2014. Mesa Center for the Arts. December 2014.


  • Channel 12 News, December 2014. Mesa Arts Festival feature.


  • ASU President’s Club Holiday Fundraiser  featuring the Herberger Institute. The Phoenician. December 2014.


  • Opening reception for Art of the Robot.I.D.E.A. Children's Museum, Mesa. May 2014. Private V.I.P. event. May 14.


  • Phoenix Zoo Lights.  January 4, 2013.


  • Chrome. Originally commissioned for the Mesa Winter Arts Festival. Mesa Center for the Arts. December 2012. 


Equinox







  • Equinox, inspired by the four elements: Earth, Air, Wind, and WaterCommissioned by the Spark Festival March 2015. Mesa Art Center. Competitive. 
  • Channel 12 News Feature. March 2015.


Aurora: Painted Desert










  • Aurora: Painted Desert inspired by the colors of the desert: Sage green, agave blue and desert rose. Commissioned by Spark Festival March 2015. Mesa Art Center. Collaboration with Rolling Stone photographer Scott London. Competitive. 
  • Featured in A Director's Vision by Scott Shattuck, 2015.


The Naiads


  • The Naiads, Puente Festival, Tempe Center for the Arts, Childsplay. September 2014. Development of a new site-specific piece with Zarco Guerrero.


Urban Renaissance

  • Urban Renaissance. Commissioned by Mesa Art Center Remix/Remaster Opening. September 2013. 


Cleaning Clowns


  • Cleaning Clowns. Spark Festival. Mesa Arts Center. March 2013.
  • Cleaning Clowns at Busking Bonanza, Tompkins Square Park. June 2002. Performed by Jeff Grow, Tracey Fischette, Rich Szpigiel, Rachel Bowditch, and Lea Bender.