zoe | juniper at OntheBoards.tv: A Crack In Everything Oct 14, 2016

by Erin

Catch up or revisit the gorgeous work of zoe | juniper with 2011's A Crack in Everything, available now at OntheBoards.tv. This beautiful HD, multi-camera film is available to rent, stream, or buy for as little as five bucks.

Get started now and be sure to check out the other great films at OntheBoards.tv!

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zoe | juniper: Now Read This Oct 12, 2016

by Erin

Choreographer Zoe Scofield gave us a list of books that she and some other company members read while making Clear & Sweet:

On Immunity; Eula Biss 
This best-selling non-fiction work examines the USA's fear of vaccines while simultaneously addressing the body/mind connection.

Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
A must-read book for the 21st century. Addressed to his 15-year-old son, Between the World and Me contemplates the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being...

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What is Shape Note Singing? Oct 12, 2016

by Erin

Shape Note Singing or Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred music that originated in the American South of the United States. The music is notated with different shapes rather than formal music notation, allowing for ease of reading and the inclusion of a larger community. The songs are always performed a cappella and generally sung as loud as possible, with the singers themselves arranged in a hollow square with a leader at the center. This sacred music originated from Protestant Christian music but is much more complex, emphasizing a fugue-like style and emphasizing fourth and fifth intervals. 

This style of music is still very much in effect today, with "sings" occuring all over the USA. All are welcome, regardless of musical experience, and participation can be...

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Clear & Sweet: warmup Oct 12, 2016

by Erin

New to Shape Note Singing? Get a taste of what you'll experience during zoe | juniper's Clear & Sweet.

BONUS: You'll have a chance to join in (or not) if you like!

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Tradition Revisited: An Interview with Zoe Scofield & Juniper Shuey Oct 12, 2016

by Erin

photo by Juniper Shuey

Benjamin Morris interviews Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey before the premiere of Clear & Sweet at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA. 

Benjamin Morris: How did the idea for Clear & Sweet first come about?

Zoe Scofield: I’m from Georgia originally, and I went to visit my family about three years ago. While there, my parents and I went to visit the Okefenokee Heritage Center, where I first saw a recording of David Lee and the Lee family demonstrating a Sacred Harp singing school [a...

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The Gold of Potentiality Oct 7, 2016

by NKO Rey

response by NKO Rey, OtB Writers Corps Ambassador

The first time I saw Alan Sutherland perform he balanced a stick on his head for an improbably long time during a salon in the Romaine Electric building. This was maybe 2002. The velvet voice of Sam Mickens transported me immediately to that place and time: the new century, rent parties, the DK Pan trio, my first encounters with butoh performances, alleyway boxing matches, a community of Pioneer Square artists living off vegan frito pies at a basement Elliott Bay Cafe. A time when we were younger and rent was cheaper - a hopeful and desperate time.

Which is to say, it’s impossible for me to look at this performance with objectivity.

The story begins by invoking other performances in other places. A burial, a hanging, a man being punched again and again (for pie!) infer a history that offers a fertile ground. Death and mystery are the nutrients for a dense narrative mycelium, with...

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Harold and the little brown mushrooms Oct 7, 2016

by Daemond Arrindell

poem by Daemond Arrindell, OtB Writers Corps Ambassador

harold has grown up. He calls himself alan now, 

and traded in his purple crayon for little brown mushrooms.

his imagination is still as wild as the blank wall let him be

harold doesn’t draw on the walls anymore, he’s too busy tripping on mushrooms

outside, with his friends - the spirits, and the chicken that lays the [golden] eggs,


he looks under the umbrellas of mushrooms to see what they are hiding -

dark rings that whisper things that go on and on,

they look like feathers pulled loose from a crow,

or the upclose textures of an iris.


do mushrooms know whose dream this is?...

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[Ode to] Little Brown Mushrooms Oct 7, 2016

by Michelle Peñaloza

Review by Michelle Peñaloza, OtB Writers Corps Ambassador

Alan Sutherland’s Little Brown Mushrooms is part inside joke, part memoir-dreamscape, part praise poem, part science lesson, part how-to, naturalist lecture, part self-help lesson, part life affirmation, and part Public Service Announcement on the merits of psychedelics, experimentation, and the outdoors.

The set of Little Brown Mushrooms reads like Willy Wonka-cartoon-naturalist-meets-advanced-animatronics-meets-60s-liquid-light-show-meets-John Malkovich-Old-Man-Alice-in-Wonderland. A delightful aesthetic that complemented the choreography and music well.

At times, I craved more nuance from Little Brown Mushrooms. The relationship between the spoken language of the piece and the language of its choreography, often felt like a one-to-one ratio, from speech to movement and vice versa. I...

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