Teaching and Workshop Offerings
TEACHING AND workshop offerings
zoe | juniper's work extends beyond the stage through Master Classes, Workshops, Residencies and Commissions by bringing the company's unique creative process to schools and dance companies across the country.
Contemporary ballet clas(ballet without the capital “B”)
Contemporary ballet class (ballet without the capital “B”) explores breath, length, spatial awareness, and rhythm, finding line through dynamic opposition, and using weight for sequencing and coordination. This class uses imagery and sensation to go deeper into how each dancer’s body can utilize the tools of ballet technique’s structure. This approach to ballet as a dynamic movement practice allows dancers to find their unique physicality and move beyond how movement looks and towards how it functions for them; giving them agency, expanding their physical toolbox and connecting dancers to their fullest potential.
Technique as a vehicle for transformation, contemporary approach to modern technique. This class is physically rigorous, deep, and kinesthetically challenging. It is a space where product-orientated results are replaced by active experiences. We combine musicality, visual and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancer’s potential. It is my desire to help participants foster a body that is available, aware and in command of its senses, intuition and physicality.
Make what you want / bring it all into the room! This class structure parallels my process as creative practice: Exploring dance as non uni-directional, non-linear, and interdisciplinary in nature, we utilize whatever resources we have, bringing all of it into the room! In this course we modulate between various movement practices (authentic movement, improvisation, set material, etc.), drawing practices (contour line, light and tone, figure, etc.), collage, painting, projection, sound, photography, found object sculpture, writing and whatever else we decide is needed. Setting aside competency in these movement and visual art practices, students work within a variety of mediums as a way to learn more about their physical and choreographic explorations.
Visual aesthetics as choreography: working with bodies in the visual field.
In this class we will investigate the characteristics of various visual mediums: photography, drawing, film, etc, as a way to discern each participant's aesthetic. We will use these as choreographic tools to create the experience we want. This class will encourage collaboration between participants and is more of a creative process than movement class. Each participant should bring a notebook and whatever camera device they are fluent in.
FORM/S is a bi-annual creative workshop in Seattle, WA produced by zoe | juniper, that brings together Pacific Northwest, national, and international artists to teach working professionals and pre-professionals in the visual and performing arts. FORM/S aims to expand an artists' capabilities by both deepening an understanding of their primary form and exploring mediums outside of their fields of work through an emergent curriculum. Serving as a forum for artists to share resources as they examine their own processes, FORM/S stimulates the mind, broadens perspectives, and creates connections. Past classes have included somatic based ballet, taking apart z|j repertory to remake it, drawing to develop your choreographic eye, vogue / house, African Diaspora dance practices, and in-process feedback sessions. The teaching artists and I co-create curriculum that is pertinent to our current research and process, shaping the structure of FORM/S to support the synthesizing of our teaching and creative practice. Guest teachers are asked to choose scholarship students and what type of outward facing they would like to have with the larger community (i.e. open classes, showings, dinners, classes, etc.). Teaching artists include choreographer Dani Tirrell, Gilbert Small, Juniper Shuey, artist’s talks with Randy Ford, David Rue, Negarra A. Kudumu, Michelle Ellsworth, Heather Kravis, Dayna Hansen and Kristen Kosmos.
Rather than simply learning a piece, this single class or workshop brings students into zoe | juniper's creative process. By analyzing Zoe and Juniper's choreographic, visual and sound instruction, each dancer will have a personal experience inside of the composition. Students discover the emotional and physical experiences of the work and gain a more profound level of ownership inside of the creative process. If you are interested in your students performing a work see below for commissions.
Commission a new work or a variation on a past work for your students or dance company. Commissions are available with intensive rehearsal residencies between 1 - 4 weeks and range in length and production value depending on needs and resources.
zoe | juniper has been commissioned to make new works on students ranging from high school to college age and professional dance companies. Past commissions include: BodyTraffic, Boston Conservatory, CalArts, Cornish College of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet and Velocity Dance Center.
Zoe and Juniper deliver an engaging lecture / demonstration on the various themes, process, research and their collaboration as it relates to the work they are presenting or the body of their work as a whole.
Camera projection and choreography workshop
By blending their unique talents and skills, Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey co-teach a varying range of cinematic and compositional workshops. Students will look at translating moving bodies into the static and distilled medium of the camera. Depending on equipment availability students may use cameras as tools to create performance choreography inside of the camera. This workshop may also include projection techniques and content creation for the express purpose of shaping and manipulating a stage or gallery setting through projection and installation design.
What we Talk About When we Talk About . . .(WWT@WWT@)
Dual perspective criticism and critical dialogue among artists
WWT@WWT@ is an interdisciplinary conversation about creative process. It is an opportunity for artists of different disciplines to share their current creative thinking, and to bring their unique lenses to experiencing and talking about each other’s work. Inspired by the recognition that choreographers/dancers rarely receive feedback for their work in the middle of a process, this workshop invites all in attendance to experience the project throughout its process rather than the final output. The format of ‘sharing’ is left open to the artist and may be performative, visual, spoken, a film, a recording . . . or any combination of approaches.
PAST TEACHING RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, and commissions
Dance Underground | New Orleans, LA (2016)
New York University | New York, NY (2016)
Boston Conservatory | Boston, MA (2015)
Velocity Dance Center - Strictly Seattle | Seattle, WA (2012 - 2016)
Walnut Hill School of the Arts | Walnut Hill, MA (2015)
Gibney Dance Center | New York, NY (2015)
Dance Complex | Boston, MA (2015)
Mark Morris Dance Center | Brooklyn, NY (2013 - 2016)
University of the Arts | Philadelphia, PA (2015)
Tufts University | Medford, MA (2015)
Colburn School | Los Angeles, CA (2015)
DancePlace | Washington DC (2015)
Downtown Dance Collective | Missoula, MT (2014)
The Playground | New York, NY (2014)
Pennsylvania Ballet | Philadelphia, PA (2014)
Cornish College of the Arts | Seattle, WA (2014)
CalArts | Los Angeles, CA (2014)
University of Utah - SALT Dance | Salt Lake City, UT (2014)
BodyTraffic | Los Angeles, CA (2013)
University of Oregon | Eugene, OR (2013)
Columbia College Chicago | Chicago, IL (2013)
100 Grand | New York, NY (2012)
gloATL Tanz Farm | Atlanta, GA (2012)
University of Colorado Boulder | Boulder, CO (2012)
Coriolis Dance Company | Seattle, WA (2010)
Spectrum Dance Theatre | Seattle, WA (2008)