// ZOE | JUNIPER installation //
Live performance emerges from the interplay of artistic choices (variables) made in relation to practical limitations (constants). zoe | juniper‘s No one to witness and adjust, no one to drive the car is an ongoing series of chamber studies exploring this interplay as a way of reframing the development process of their newest company work. Responding to their open performance research and process event at Velocity, in this public dialogue Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey discuss how, by shifting the spectator’s perspective and physical relationship to the performer, they sought to activate and explore dimensions of the performance space that are typically static.
This event is the first public component of No ideas but in things, an ongoing collaboration between zoe | juniper and critic Jeremy M. Barker (Culturebot/NYC) in parallel to No one to witness…Through public dialogue, curated documentation, and ongoing critical examination, the collaboration seeks to create a space for the company’s audiences to choose how they experience the company’s work and to expose the entire life-cycle of a performance.
Join zoe | juniper for a conversation about their work and process with Jeremy M. Barker.
No one to witness and adjust, no one to drive the car is a series of chamber studies zoe | juniper started in October 2012 as a series of performance/installation research for their larger work BeginAgain premiering in March 2014 at On the Boards. The studies so far have included, Kate&Zoe in City Arts Festival, No one to witness #2 at Frye Art Museum Moment Magnitude, For Forgetting at The Goat Farm/gloAtl and now this study at Velocity in May. BeginAgain was commissioned by On the Boards as part of the Dance Production Program.
zoe | juniper (Velocity 2012 Artist-in-Residence/2013 Creative Resident) is driven by the idea of mythologizing the experience of our senses; creating performances and visual art that challenge the viewer’s perception of time and perspective as well as allowing their work’s intention to be spacious enough for empathetic experiences to emerge. Their work realizes and exists in the state of liminality- the sense of being ‘in-between’. By working across different disciplines, Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey filter our sensual experiences into the mediums that best embody a facet of the myth their overall concept is based on.
The collaboration between Juniper and Zoe is defined by having visual and choreographic designs work in tandem so that aesthetics and form become seamless. The purpose of their collaboration is to immerse the audience in the conjunction of the physical and fantastical realms. zoeandjuniper.com
As a visual artist and choreographer, Juniper and Zoe are drawn together as collaborators by their respect for and subverted use of classical form, aesthetic clarity and the desire to create a sense of heightened reality. Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey began their collaboration in 2004 with I am nothing without you, for On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival 2005. Spectrum Dance Theater, the Frye Art Museum and Ten Tiny Dances have commissioned the in company 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. Zoe, Juniper and composer/musician Morgan Henderson were the co-creators of the Secret of Gold Festival in 2006, an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in Arlington, WA. They received a NPN Creation Fund and Residency commission, and a National Dance Project Production Grant (2008-2009) for their work the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. zoe | juniper are recipients of an Artist Trust Fellowship and GAP grant and received a National Dance Project Production Grant (2009-2010), NPN Creation Fund and Trust for Mutual Understanding and Dance Theater Workshop Suitcase Fund Grant for A Crack in Everything which Premiered in 2011 at Jacob’s Pillow and will tour throughout 2013.
No Ideas But In Things Post – On Looking (Towards a Reboot), No Ideas But In Things, Jeremy M. Baker, August 20, 2013
Interview – Quick Q&A: Zoe Scofield, Dance Magazine, Jeremy D. Goodwin, February 2013
LISTEN Podcast Interview – Zoe Scofield Talks Process, Magic + Mystery with Brian Rogers (NYC), STANCE, December 2, 2012
Process blog – “Witness” at Mw [Moment Magnitude], Frye Art Museum, November 2012
Interview – A Fiendish Conversation with Zoe Scofield, Seattle Met, November 5, 2012
Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey: 2013 Genius Award Winners for Performance – The Stranger, October 2, 2013
Review – Getting in on the Ground Floor with zoe | juniper, The SunBreak, Michael van Baker, May 28, 2013
Review – Floored by zoe | juniper, Melody Datz, The Stranger Slog, May 26, 2013
Review – From Madrona to Downtown–Dance clobbers the City Arts Fest, SeattleDances, October 24, 2012
Photos Juniper Shuey