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.
Mar 29, 2014
by Dylan Ward
I saw zoe|juniper’s piece BeginAgain last evening and I thought it was beautiful.
Here are the things I thought were beautiful:
-The reveal of the purple costume previously seen in promotion photos
-Movement which appeared to be like “Oh shoot what was I doing?”
-An 8th grade boy’s single voice crack
I thought that the combination of these things was beautiful, and I was willing to let my imagination run wild.
After the performance, I got distracted and missed the call to enter the theater for the Q & A (oops) and so sheepishly snuck in right as Kepler (the aforementioned 8th grader) was sharing his experience of the work.
(From here on I...
by Gillian Jorgensen
When I walked into the theater, the smell of soil and sound of crickets transported me to those times growing up when we were allowed to sleep outside. In the nearly quiet darkness, we would discover new worlds, renewed each night but vanished with daylight. Because of this, when the dancers came on stage, their dimly lit grey costumes and percussive rhythms put me in mind of moths clamoring around a lamp: the sharp fluidity of the choreography accentuated this image and before I knew it, I was completely immersed in a world where moths and insects took human form, their insect casings left in the soil, new bodies exploring ways of being and moving.
The design of this production only deepened this caught image: the large-scale papercuts (oh those hidden-in-plain-sight silhouettes!), the shimmer and focus of lighting, the hammered loud-ness of the...
by Anthony Sonnenberg
Its easy to forget sometimes that the self is not a single unified thing but rather a confederation of different identities. There is who we were, who we want to be, who we actually are, and who we think we should be, all vying for control within our heads. Who we are is never one consistent identity but rather a constantly and sometimes painful shifting, blurring, and blending amalgamation of many.
BeginAgain is a spell binding reminder of this internal struggle. A magical use of light, shadow and video projections against translucent veils and patterned screens make it almost impossible to distinguish the real from the illusion. The haunting movements of the dancers oscillates from synchronism to chaos, from gentle caress to aggressive blow so quickly that one is never sure who is in control and who is out of it. Just like the in the mind, the mood of the dance can slowly grow and fade or abruptly start, stop and transition into an entirely...
by Lisa Liedgren
How does one find words to describe BeginAgain after just having watched sixty minutes of unbearable lightness of being?
You don't. And that is precisely the beauty. There is quietness about what has been observed. Nothing to be said, nothing to be done or understood. I only need to trust my imminent and natural responses to what I see, hear, smell and feel. What's unfolding in front of me is a series of physical, repetitive, rhythmic and doll-like movements mixed in with heavily symbolic elements: soil, water, smoke and bodily expressions of rituals. The visual language is a mix of cinematic nostalgia, moody nature and symmetrical cutout imagery all presented from multiple angles. Enveloped in this tactical space are bodies moving up, down left and right, through and between large screens on stage.
While these feminine and sculptural creatures are twisting and turning it strikes me that of all the artistic expressions I can think of – writing, music,...
"Silhouettes, symmetries and shadow-actions drive the action in zoe ǀ juniper’s new evening-length piece, BeginAgain. That is, if 'action' is the best word to describe this slow-motion reverie.
Conceived, designed and directed by Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, the husband-and-wife co-directors of zoe ǀ juniper, BeginAgain is both a precise and a cryptic affair. It uses dance-moves as constricted and elaborate as calligraphy to create complex connections between the performers."
– Read the review at the Seattle Times
by Brett Love
A project by Ambassador Team 4, Jaycee Coleman, Ilaria Ghattas and Brett Love.
For each of the shows in our two month term as ambassadors at OtB, we have invited an artist to watch an opening night. After the performance, they are given a 20"x 24" canvas and asked to paint their response to the show. The first was created by Seattle artist Kaillee Coleman in response to the Miguel Gutierrez performance And lose the name of action and the second by Dani Dodge in response to zoe | juniper's BeginAgain, as part of the 1000 Words Project at On The Boards,
Writer and critic Jeremy Barker (Deeply Fascinating, formerly Culturebot) spent much of 2013 working with zoe | juniper in an"embeddded criticism" experiment. He's been closely involved with the ideas, rehearsals and performance behind BeginAgain. Read his 5-part series on the sometimes-boring, sometimes-intriguing process here.