Dance-art duo zoe ǀ juniper’s ‘BeginAgain’ uses sound, video and stage magic to enhance dance rituals steeped in mystery. Through March 30, 2014.
By Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times arts writer
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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.
zoe | juniper in the press
By Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times arts writer
The blending of their talents has produced some of the most impressive dance/visual spectacles to come out of Seattle in recent years.Read More
Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey have spent the last seven years peeling back the layers of human experience with a provocative combination of dance and images. They turned their process inside-out with their latest work, BeginAgain. - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/lens-memory#sthash.YGDQLXw2.dpufRead More
By blending performance and visual art, the duo engages its audience emotionally, intellectually, kinesthetically. In doing so, they push the boundaries of genre. - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/issues/seattle/2012/01/philosophers-zoe-scofield-juniper-shuey#sthash.oDWQPh3m.dpufRead More
2013 Touring Award Recipients & Projects:Read More
Their work also has the invigorating scent of rebellion—which, given their backgrounds, makes sense.Read More
Zoe Scofield is among the winners of Special Project Awards from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a nonprofit founded by Prince Rainier III of Monaco that supports emerging artists.Read More
he show is beautiful, fragmented, mysterious, abstract. Yet it cuts to the essence of how we push forward in life while always looking back.
At some point, I realized I felt like a baby on its back, flopping my head around to see what’s what, amazed at the height of everyone, and really began to enjoy myself immensely. It felt like I’d never seen dance before, never quite realized that articulation looked that way.Read More
A Crack in Everything has everything – dramatic costumes, complex projections, dynamic pacing, a rich score, exquisite dancing – and yet it is not over the top. It all works together seamlessly to present an intellectual and animalistic expression in dance exploring the thresholds of conscious/unconscious, action/reaction, before/after and cause/effect.Read More
"I'm on the floor at Velocity, looking up into Zoe Scofield's armpit and thinking, "Damn. That is a nice armpit. The muscles in that armpit could crush me." My brain is banging against my skull as dancers run back and forth down the length of my body. I love this."
Melody Datz for the Stranger
"Today, the husband-and-wife team creates modern dance works choreographed by Scofield, with visual installations by both. Their seven-year collaboration zoe/juniper has been fruitful—they’ve toured nationally, and Seattle’s On the Boards will produce their work next spring." Here is the LINK
Seattle Dances wrote a review of our first performance.
With secret locations and alternative venues, the City Arts Fest built up quite a buzz for the weekend’s whirlwind of dance events. It also proved to be worth the hype. Let no one say Seattle’s dance artists are not as resourceful as they are creative. The artists each developed work suited specifically for the venue in which they performed.
ZOE | JUNIPER
Surprisingly tender and personal, Kate Wallich, Zoe Scofield, and Juniper Shuey took over a contemporary home in Madrona on October 19, 2012, to present a piece carefully composed within the geometries of the house’s architecture. Kate + Zoe exuded a bittersweet nostalgia for sisterly connection. The piece unfolded first from the outside looking in through the glass front of the house. A projection of school children inside the large, square window frame played while a woman lay underneath it in the horizontal, body-size window frame. Eventually Wallich and Scofield came forward to the flanking glass doors on either side, looking contemplative and somewhat absorbed, to complete the heraldic composition. After the audience traveled through the house to the back porch, again looking in through a large glass frame, the piece unfolded through layers of video projections on the walls (and sometimes on the dancers), paper silhouette portraits of Wallich and Scofield, and the two dancers themselves moving about the house as if “cut from the same cloth.” Like paper chain dolls in white, wrinkly dresses the two came together to move in folk-like symmetry with gentle, loving touches of chin to chin tip, cheek on cheek surface, curled up on the floor neck on neck like puppies.
Wallich danced with powerful serenity, tapped in to a teeming universe of textures, tastes, and sensations expressing itself in her very fingertips. Scofield, who showed increased vulnerability dancing with Raja Kelly in Northwest New Works this past summer, found a strain of innocence inside herself, though peppered with liberal doses of child-like frustration, rebellion, and almost ecstatic spitfire. To be able to view this complexity from up close but very physically separated reinforced the sense of schism in time through memory. The beauty of this work was in the thoughtful conception of the visual vantage point of the audience, which allowed indelible visual compositions to be received with full impact.