The Wilds principal team:
Jesse Fleming (co-creator, visual art, emerging media director, performer)
Laurel Jenkins (co-creator, choreographer, dancer / performer)
Lewis Pesacov (co-creator, composer, musician, performer)
devika v. wickremesinghe (dancer / performer)
Maria Garcia (costume designer)
Miguel Alejandro Castillo (dancer / performer)
Cláudio Medeiros (dramaturge)
Michelle Harvey (lighting designer)

Shane Bolan (technical lead / director of technology)

The Wilds is a new mixed-reality performance experience where movement instantly becomes music, as emerging technology allows dancers to create an immersive journey of sound, light, and visual media in real time. Part mythology, part utopian vision, The Wilds fuses live dancers with motion capture technology and real-time animation, inspiring the profound bond of a collective experience. The development and premiere of The Wilds was made possible by the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Johnny Carson School of Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

“ . . . the audience was taken on an immersive journey  through movement, live electronics, and motion capture technology . . .  The Wilds  presents the resonating truths of the oldest story in the world: light, fallen into darkness and then redeemed, in a totally new way.”   — “The Call of The Wilds,” Katie Pynes Anetsberge, Appearing Locally, October 7, 2022 


THE WILDS – Preview           

 The Wilds Website

Watch a video created in collaboration with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and HP>> 


Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE, October 2022 (premiere)

Performing Arts Series, Middlebury College, VT, February 2023 



– “The Call of The Wilds” | Appearing Locally

 -“Take an immersive, multi-medium trip into The Wilds | Lincoln Journal-Star


– “Dance and Digital Technology Fuse in an Immersive Performance in Middlebury” | Seven Days