zoe | juniper's BEGINAGAIN Makes NYC Debut at 3-Legged Dog This Weekend
3-Legged Dog has announced that it is partnering with The Joyce Theater for the NYC premiere of BEGINAGAIN, a new technology infused dance experience by the acclaimed Seattle-based zoe | juniper, which is part of JOYCE UNLEASHED. Conceived, designed and directed by Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, with choreography by Zoe Scofield and visual design by Juniper Shuey, BEGINAGAIN opens tonight, May 8 for a limited engagement through Saturday, May 10.
The performance schedule is Thursday & Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 7 PM & 9 PM. Performances are at 3LD Art and Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street, at Rector, in downtown Manhattan). Tickets are $15. Tickets are available by calling Ovationtix at 866-811-4111 or by visiting www.joyce.org. For more information visit www.joyce.org.
Choreographer Zoe Scofield and video artist Juniper Shuey are the creative team behind the Princess Grace Award-winning zoe | juniper, a Seattle-based company acclaimed for its "visual wizardry" and "brilliant dance" (Seattle Times). In BEGINAGAIN, the duo explores new technological methods for setting and triggering their raw tableaux of movement and stage design as a means of examining startling new ways to see and be seen.
zoe | juniper's BEGINAGAIN comes to New York City after a sold-out run at Seattle's On the Boards. BEGINAGAIN marked a new way of working for the company. In the past, zoe | juniper created the stage design around the choreography. For BEGINAGAIN, zoe | juniper set the choreography in response to the elements of the production design. The result was called "a whole lot of trippy" by The Stranger, which proclaimed that, "every part is riveting to behold!"
BEGINAGAIN is a part of JOYCE UNLEASHED, a series of engagements designed to give audiences the chance to see cutting-edge artists performing in intimate spaces.
The featured dancers are Ariel Freedman and Zoe Scofield.
The creative team includes Morgan Henderson (music); Julian Martlew and Thomas Dunn (sound design); Thomas Dunn (lighting design); Celeste Cooning (paper wall); Christine Meyers (costume design); Juniper Shuey (video design).
BEGINAGAIN was co-commissioned by On the Boards through the support of their Dance Production Program and The Joyce Theater in partnership with 3-Legged Dog and received support from The Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Award and National Dance Projects Tour Support. Portions of BEGINAGAIN were developed and performed in-process with support at Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), gloATL (Atlanta), Frye Art Museum (Seattle), City Arts Festival (Seattle), Springboard Dance (Montreal) and BodyTraffic (Los Angeles). Additional support was provided through the Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation and the support of individual donors and earned revenue through 3LD's Production Fund.
zoe | juniper's collaboration began in 2004 with I am nothing without you for On the Boards' NW New Works Festival, and eventually led to the formation of their company in 2006. Since then their work has been presented and commissioned by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, SCUBA National Touring Network, Bates Dance Festival, PICA's TBA Festival, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Spoleto Festival, Columbia College, PuSh Festival, Edge Festival/GloAtl, Wesleyan University, Spectrum Dance Theater, American Realness Festival, Dance Theater Workshop/NYLA, World Music/CRASHArts, The Joyce, Frye Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Body Festival, Southern Lights Dance, gloATL, CityArts Festival and The Myrna Loy Center.
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.
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 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 The MacDowell Colony, Princess Grace Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Artist Trust, The Stranger Genius Award, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Alpert Award, Wesleyan University, Seattle Magazine, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, CityArts Magazine, among others. Zoe has taught at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College, 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.
Born in California, Juniper Shuey is 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.
3-Legged Dog (Producer) is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio. We offer artists a unique experience with specialized equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the desperately needed time to fully realize their visions. If New York City is to remain at the forefront of cultural production, then its artists must have the means to create cutting-edge work.
Opened by the company in 2006, 3LD Art & Technology Center is a 12,500 square foot multi-venue facility on lower Greenwich Street, two and half blocks below the WTC site. From this home base, we produce our own large-scale artwork while offering space, state-of-the-art equipment, and training to artists-in-residence for the development of their ambitious and experimental projects.
3LD has received support from The Department of Cultural Affairs, The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Downtown Alliance, American Express Foundation, The Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, FJC Foundation of Donor Advised Funds, Fund for the City of New York, Alliance of Resident Theaters New York and La Vida Feliz Foundation. This production was supported with earned revenue from the 3LD Production Fund. www.3ld.org
The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences for three decades. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce Theater is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant home for more than 320 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists, as well as special residency opportunities for selected choreographers to support the creation of new work. In 2009, The Joyce opened Dance Art New York (DANY) Studios to provide affordable studios for rehearsals, auditions, classes, and workshops for independent choreographers, non-profit dance companies, and the dance/theater communities. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce's Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through informative Dance Talks, and post-performance Dance Chat discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.
Photo: Juniper Shuey