zoe | juniper
Works in Progress at OtB: the other shore Dec 9, 2020
Works in Progress at OtB: the other shore, by zoe | juniper
Wednesday, December 9, 6 pm
On the Boards & zoe | juniper will share a work-in-progress screening over Zoom, with excerpts from their recent residency at OtB, images from previous residencies at Jacob’s Pillow and more! When the COVID pandemic shook the world, zoe | juniper collaborative team reimagined this project to coexist in the virtual while being able to provide audiences the experience of physical presence, as if the viewers are in the same room with the dancer/s.
This new multidisciplinary project, the other shore, by zoe | juniper, is composed of three distinct phases that create opportunities for each participant to embody their experience. The proposed three phases include a way to experience the work both virtually and tangibly: at home, an installation and live performance.
The collaborative team is building two distinct immersive installations; one tentatively called “solo”, the other tentatively called, "duet". "solo", seen from two vantage points, is experienced through a 360 VR experience or viewed as a durational performative installation from the outside looking in; “duet” is seen from the vantage point of lying down on the floor looking up at the performer moving around and through the space. Each installation maintains a unique approach for live performance and encourages thinking alongside matters of perception, relational power, rituals, multi-layered worlds, and spaces as a practice of both resistance and survival, exploring what the intersection of dance and installation can do.
During the December 9th showing, zoe | juniper will present a portion of the work over Zoom, discuss their process, and answer audience questions. OtB Artistic Director Rachel Cook will facilitate.
Join us for a lively discussion and sharing of this early development of the new work, the other shore. Closed captioning will be available.
Born in California, Juniper Shuey has been a visual artist based in Seattle WA since 1997. Juniper went to Emerson College in Boston, studying set and lighting design for three years. He then transferred to Ceramics at the University of Washington where the faculty allowed him to develop his art in performance and clay. This developed into the use of video projection into space as a sculptural element in his work. Juniper’s work has been published in several art books including SOIL Artist, Lava, and Fashion is ART. His video installations, photographs and performances have been shown both nationally and internationally including Italy, Budapest, NYC, Houston, Seattle, Portland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Juniper has participated on several professional art panels including New England Foundation for the Arts, The MacArthur Foundation and a professional practices panel discussion at the University of Washington. In 2004 Juniper received the Curators Choice Award at Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest Biennial. In 2005 he had his first solo gallery exhibition at Howard House in Seattle and in 2006 he won the People’s Choice Award at Bellevue Art Museum’s Northwest Biennial. Juniper was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony in 2010 and won the 2013 Stranger Genius Award for Performance with collaborator Zoe Scofield. Juniper recently designed the video and immersive environment for Preston Singeltary’s glass installation being shown at the Tacoma Glass Museum, The Smithsonian, and Wichita Museum of Art.
2015 Guggenheim Fellow Zoe Scofield is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle Washington since 2002. Born and raised in Gainesville GA, Zoe began ballet at a young age, instilling in her a deep love and interest in structure, discipline and performances’ ability to create a transformative experience. Zoe attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an arts high school in Boston MA, receiving a Monticello Choreography Fellowship and graduating with high honors in dance. After, she danced with Prometheus Dance in Boston and Atlas Moves, directed by Bill James in Toronto Canada. Zoe earned an MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts as part of their inaugural class.
In 2005 Zoe began working with video and visual artist Juniper Shuey on video, photographic and dance collaborations shown in visual art galleries, museums and theaters. They have been commissioned and presented by national and international arts centers such as, On the Boards, PICA, Trafo House of Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, NYLA, Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Body Festival (New Zealand), Yerba Buena Center, Columbia College Chicago, DiverseWorks, The Frye Art Museum, the MET Museum, NY Philharmonic and many more. They have taught workshops and given lectures on dance, photography, collaboration and installation throughout the US and internationally.
Throughout her career Zoe has been awarded residences, awards and grants from 4Culture, Alpert Award, Artist Trust, Case Van Rij, City Arts Magazine, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship and Presidents Award from University of the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, MAD Air, MAP Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, On the Boards, Princess Grace Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The Stranger Genius Award, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Velocity Dance Center, among others. Zoe has taught at Velocity Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Gibney Dance Center, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College, University of Utah, University of Colorado at Boulder, and served as a guest panelist for Dance Critics Association, PICA’s Educating Dance Audiences, gloATL Tanz Farm, and Cornish College of the Arts. Zoe and Juniper are the co-founders of Lo-Fi Annual Arts Festival and What We Talk About… an in-process feedback session for artists of all disciplines. Zoe created FORM/S in 2018, a creative workshop for artists to teach working professionals and pre-professionals in the visual and performing arts.
Evan C Anderson is a lighting designer and musician. He is a frequent collaborator with zoe | juniper. Originally from Bainbridge Island, WA, he currently resides in New Haven, CT. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the University of Washington and a company member of CabinFever. He is the recipient of the 2020 Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship.
Sara Brown is a set designer for theater, opera, and dance. Selected designs include The Day at Jacob’s Pillow; Hagoromo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Fellow Travelers and La Rondine at the Minnesota Opera;World of Wires at The Kitchen in NYC and Festival d’Automne in Paris; Prince of Providence at Trinity Repertory company in Providence, RI; Der Freischütz with Heartbeat Opera in NYC; The Mother of Us All at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds an MFA in set design from the University of Virginia. She is an Assistant Professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Music and Theater Arts where she has been since 2008.
You can see samples of her work at www.sarabdesign.com.
Lilach Orenstein is a Choreographer, Performer and Producer. She is an Israeli immigrant with Yemeni-Polish-Romanian roots based in New York City. Lilach earned her B.Dance from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, majoring in choreography, in 2017 and her M.F.A in Dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in 2019. Among her awards are The Presidential Scholarship (U.S.), Outstanding Dancer from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Excellence Award by The Jerusalem Foundation.
She is professionally trained from Aharon Katzir, Kolben dance, Matte Asher, Vertigo, and Batsheva's programs for outstanding students and interned at the Kamea dance company. She was recently invited to residencies in L1dancefest2019 - Budapest, EMERGENYC 2020, The Center at West Park – NYC, IMPULSTANZ’s ATLAS program – Vienna, Derida Dance Center – Sofia and Machol Shalem Dance House (MASH) – Jerusalem.
Lilach was MASH production manager during 2015-2018 and produced more than 100 productions in 6 countries including The Jerusalem International Dance Week, NanoArt and MASH Dance Berlin among others, while working as a stage and rehearsal manager for the Jerusalem Theatre, JAMD, and independent entities. Recently, she was leading the In/Between online and in-person exhibition to support immigrant artists as part of her work as an intern in the programming department of NY Live Arts and produced Shamel Pitts’ 2019 benefit event. Currently, Lilach is the producer of zoe | juniper company’s new project.
Kyle Bernbach (he/him) is an evolving artist, dancer, and therapist who is invested in creating and collaborating in engaging works that define and deconstruct the urgent topics of our time through movement and healing. Previous credits include Black Bois at OTB, Memphis the Musical (B’way/1st Nat’l Tour), The 5th Ave Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and various musical artists’ World Tours.
Therapeutic Practice: www.returntherapy.com
Gilbert T Small II is a dancer, choreographer, dramaturg, and rehearsal director. He started his formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts and holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. While at Purchase, he received the opportunity to study at Codarts in the Netherlands. Upon finishing his education, he was invited to join Ballet British Columbia. While with Ballet BC he worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Johan Inger, Emily Molnar, and Cayetano Soto. As a freelance artist Gilbert has worked with Serge Bennethan, Sidra Bell Dance New York and Zoe | Juniper.