Our company 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 our work's intention to be spacious enough for empathetic experiences to emerge. Our work realizes and exists in the state of liminality- the sense of being 'in-between'. By working across different disciplines, we filter our sensual experiences into the mediums that best embodies a facet of the myth our overall concept is based on. This project spans dance performance, photography and sculptural video and performance installation. Within these, we are designing experiences that all maintain the idea of liminality; the thresholds of conscious/unconscious, action/reaction, before/after and cause/effect. While this idea of mythologizing serves as the trajectory of our work, our concerns are with relaying non-linear "story-ness", originating and distilling significance from rigorous physicality, calibrating the dialogue between the mediums in which we work and literally creating tangible artifacts from the performance within the installation and calcified memories within the photography.
The collaboration between Juniper and Zoe is defined by having visual, sonic 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.
2013 Stranger Genius award winner and Princess Grace awardee zoe | juniper is a Seattle based dance and visual arts team that has been described as a “crazy dream you just can’t shake” by Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe. Co-founded by choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey the company creates stunning dance, video installations and photography works.
Their collaboration began in 2004 with I am nothing without you for On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival, and eventually led to the formation of their company in 2006. Since then their work has been presented and commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, SCUBA National Touring Network, Bates Dance Festival, PICA’s TBA Festival, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Spoleto Festival, Columbia College, PuSh Festival, Edge Festival/GloAtl, Wesleyan University, Spectrum Dance Theater, American Realness Festival, Dance Theater Workshop/NYLA, World Music/CRASHArts, The Joyce, Frye Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Body Festival, Southern Lights Dance, gloATL, CityArts Festival and The Myrna Loy Center.
Along with composer/musician Morgan Henderson, zoe | juniper co-created the Secret of Gold Festival in 2006, an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in Arlington, WA that is now knows as Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts Festival. The company has received funding and residencies from the Artist Trust, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Dance Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony, MAD AIR, Arts Center New Zealand, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, and the Mellon Foundation.