Ellen McSweeney is a Chicago-based violinist, writer and songwriter. She is the founding violinist of the string trio Chicago Q Ensemble, a co-founder of the record label Parlour Tapes+, and the Chicago regional editor for NewMusicBox.
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"There’s no real point trying to caption Wayfinders with a label—song cycle, music theater, video space opera?—since Waller’s new work maps out a region of its own, synthesizing these elements into a deliriously hypnotic performance experience.
'Ultimately it’s about the evolution of consciousness that we see happening in connection with our technology,' Waller explains. “Wayfinders imagines a distant future where our conscious and technology merge and become interdependent.” In that headspace, how do we navigate a sense of identity? How do we connect with others while our own reality changes as we become increasingly entangled in and dependent on our technology?"
by Eric Olson
Due to the fact that Tessa Hulls is cycling around Ghana on a grand adventure, it is my task to find a worthy co-responder for the next couple of On The Boards performances. For zoe | juniper’s performance BeginAgain, I was lucky enough to have Sierra Nelson (poet, performer) agree to help me. To set the stage for our collaboration, Sierra referred to the Wonder Twins: “I'll be form of an ice cube/words. You be form of an eagle/drawing.”
Much to our surprise, the twin prompt fit eerily well, albeit somewhat tangentially. After discussing our awe of the stage and lighting design, we went on to discuss different aspects of the performance that resonated with us the most.
Sierra: The idea of twins kept recurring -- in the way the dancers often paired up to mirror one another, playing with shadows and symmetry -- and echoed by the twinning silhouette patterns...
by Dani Dodge
BeginAgain. Begin again. Begin. Again. Overload, release. Chaos, release. Pressure, release. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
We can relate to the over stimulation, or over work, or over expending. It takes energy. And you have to find a way to recharge yourself. For you. I took a lot away from BeginAgain. Mainly reflection. I’ve had a recent series of events in my life that has allowed me the pleasure to begin again, and I’ve gotten dirty in the process. Sometimes it feels lonely, that others can’t relate to our journey through the ‘organic replenishing earth’. However, finding others, in the same place on a similar journey, isn’t too hard.
ABOUT DANI DODGE
As an Army brat born in Germany, and raised in the ‘States Dani Dodge can finally call Washington her home. Planting here in Seattle has been electric for inspirations and motivations regarding herart. Dani's work is colorful, unlike the sky out...
Playing at Talking with James Long and Marcus Youssef of Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre.
Studio Theater | Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Noon @ OtB | $12 ($7 with ticket stub)
Join Marcus and James in a series of text generation exercises, including a participatory version of Winners and Losers. Participants will work together to investigate the role of the game in creating text, what it means to play "oneself" onstage, as well as questions of presence, spontaneity and improvisation. This class is open to all artists.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org - class size is limited.
James Long, co-artistic directs Theatre Replacement whose work (WeeTube, BioBoxes, Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, among others) has been seen across North America and Europe. James also works as freelance director, writer and actor with Rumble, urban ink, The...
Let me start with the obvious: Zoe/Juniper's Begin Again is stunningly beautiful.
From the moment the audience entered the theater at Seattle's On The Boards, we were enveloped by the world these artists created; a world that was simultaneously filigreed and almost feminine, yet somehow fierce and a bit menacing. It's a world that has lingered in the days since I saw this performance, and it has provoked me to ponder whether we ever really can begin from scratch. Begin Again for me was as much about memory as it was about the birth of something new.
Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey are creative and life partners, a duo whose collaborative performances bring audiences equal parts visual art and dance. Scofield is the dancer/choreographer; Shuey the visual/video artist. They are among the few who successfully meld artistic disciplines into something larger than...
by Marcin Pączkowski
BeginAgain captured my attention from the very beginning. The stage was divided into 5 distinct areas, interwoven in various ways. The two semi-transparent screens were either creating barrier or connecting adjacent spaces. Interactions of solos, duets, groups and video projections were full of tension between characters of this abstract performance.
The video projection was particularly well incorporated in the stage design, as well as the body movement itself. The artists seem to draw from the idea of site-specific work in their production, but in this case they were continuously transforming the "site" themselves to complement the action on stage. For me one particularly captivating moment took place when one dancer was performing a "duet" with a projected shadow, while the other dancer was performing a variation of the same movement behind the screen, which resulted in a "double duet": dancer-projection and dancer-dancer, in a mirror-like situation. On the other...
by Richard Lefebvre
This piece was a rock star from the beginning. I love it when they take a riff and beat it into the ground. But the lighting in the first part was stunning, like a renaissance painting or something. The video and dance integration was fucking flawless. I can't say enough about it, really this show was amazing. The story that emerged was cool and it changed right when they made their point. The music was awesome. It moved right along, totally making sense, story oriented. This rocked, it put me in an outstanding mood.