Performance and Visual Art Collide as Seattle-based duo makes Philadelphia Debut

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Photos by Tim Summers

FringeArts Presents BeginAgain from zoe|juniper

Seattle-based duo zoe|juniper brings their collision of video and stage magic with dance to FringeArts this spring. Choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey create an enchanted environment for mysterious dance rituals that explore identity and self with the Philadelphia premiere of BeginAgain. This piece is set to run April 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.). Tickets cost $25 and are available by phone at 215-413-1318 or online at FringeArts.com.

This work questions multiplicity of self, memory and perspective of relationship to one’s self at any singular point in time. The complex connection between Scofield’s choreography and Shuey’s visual design reveals an intrinsic truth about self and those aspects of humanity that unite us. zoe|juniper’s collaborative team of designers creates an accumulation of video, light and sound playing with vanishing points and the expansive and diminishing nature of the performance space.

“More than most contemporary dance, each of their full-length works seems like a fully realized world with its own laws, personalities, and forces of nature. Our urge to decode them is a kind of compliment,” said Brenden Kiley in The StrangerThe Seattle Times added, “The blending of their talents has produced some of the most impressive dance/visual spectacles to come out of Seattle in recent years.”

zoe|juniper is Zoe Scofield , Artistic Director/Dancer and Juniper Shuey , Artistic Director/Video Artist. Other dancers include Ariel Freedman and Kim Lusk. Amiya Brown is the Lighting Designer. Julian Martlew is the Sound Designer. Stefanie Karlin is the company’s Managing Director.

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BeginAgain
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $15 for students and 25-and-under
To purchase tickets, call 215-413-1318 or visit FringeArts.com.

About zoe|juniper
The company is driven by the idea of mythologizing the experience of our senses; creating performances and visual art that challenge the viewer’s perception of time and perspective as well as allowing our work’s intention to be spacious enough for empathetic experiences to emerge. Their work realizes and exists in the state of liminality- the sense of being ‘in-between’. By working across different disciplines, we filter our sensual experiences into the mediums that best embodies a facet of the myth our overall concept is based on. This project spans dance performance, photography and sculptural video and performance installation. Within these, we are designing experiences that all maintain the idea of liminality; the thresholds of conscious/unconscious, action/reaction, before/after and cause/effect. While this idea of mythologizing serves as the trajectory of our work, our concerns are with relaying non-linear “story-ness”, originating and distilling significance from rigorous physicality, calibrating the dialogue between the mediums in which we work and literally creating tangible artifacts from the performance within the installation and calcified memories within the photography.

The collaboration between Juniper and Zoe is defined by having visual, sonic and choreographic designs work in tandem so that aesthetics and form become seamless. The purpose of their collaboration is to immerse the audience in the conjunction of the physical and fantastical realms.

2013 Stranger Genius award winner and Princess Grace awardee zoe|juniper is a Seattle based dance and visual arts team that has been described as a “crazy dream you just can’t shake” by Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe.  Co-founded by choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey the company creates stunning dance, video installations and photography works.

Their 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.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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