“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 all.” -Steven Weisz, The Dance Journal
Clear and Sweet is a multi-disciplinary performance, incorporating dance, visual design and live vocals. Based on an inquiry into the raw and uniquely American tradition of Shape Note Singing, Zoe Scofield’s angular, intense choreography and Juniper Shuey’s cutting-edge visual design embody a search for redemption, shifting points of perspective for the audience.
Performed in the “hollow square” with audience members surrounding the dance space on four sides, Clear and Sweet adopts Sacred Harp’s profoundly inclusive and democratic practice of social singing by providing shape-note song books. The audience is invited to join the a capella, four-part harmonies sung throughout the performance, encouraging diversity in participation as part of our shared cultural heritage.
The performance is 65 minutes with no intermission.
Post-show Q&A, September 14
This performance of zoe|juniper’s Clear and Sweet is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission, and was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
PHOTOS BY AUSTIN LORD PHOTOGRAPHY
Watch a Clip from Clear and Sweet
This performance is supported in part by Metro Nashville Arts Commission