Niki Selken was the Creative Director for Ko Labs Theater Company, based in San Francisco. The company produced a number of new theater works feautring original text, music, video, and movement pieces. More info available on the Ko Labs Theater Company website.

The Gods of San Francisco, 2011.

Gods of San Francisco is a new one-act musical about an estranged mother and daughter, the men they love, and the Gods they create in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake. Using original songs, video, and choreography, this dark yet irreverent show explores the personal mythology that binds a tortured flapper and a neurotic housewife across generations. 

Still from The Gods of San Francisco, an experimental musical produced by Ko Labs Theater Company. Completed May 2011.

Still from The Gods of San Francisco, an experimental musical produced by Ko Labs Theater Company. Completed May 2011.

The Endless Frontier, 2009.

The Endless Frontier is a magical, experimental musical journey following two fool-hearty adventurers and a demigod who all seek open space within the collapse of the American West. Brimming with old-time neo-folk songs, set against a giant mountain of junk, The Endless Frontier explores the notion of consumption and expansion amidst a shrinking open landscape.  Using text, movement, puppetry, and original music, this piece will take you on a ride through the heartache of the old west and back out again.

A still from The Endless Frontier, an experimental musical produced by Ko Labs Theater Company. Completed September 2009.

 

The Memory of Water, 2007.

The Memory of Water (2007) is a multimedia performance piece that juxtaposes Black Rock City (Burning Man) with it's mysteries, political contradictions, and utopic myths, alongside the watery, haunting, shadow-world of Katrina-flooded New Orleans. By utilizing shadow puppetry, animation, movement, and original music the work investigates responsibility, community, and the shadow side of festival navigated by the changing role of water in both a desert and a flood.

A stop motion video created for The Memory of Water (2007).

A video from The Gods of San Francisco, an experimental musical produced by Ko Labs Theater Company. Completed May 2011.

 

Still from The Endless Frontier, an experimental musical produced by Ko Labs Theater Company. Completed September 2009.

 

Here is the video of the full The Memory of Water