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IMPRESSIONS: zoe | juniper's "Clear & Sweet" at New York Live Arts
12/21/2017
The Dance Enthusiast
zoe | juniper’s attention to detail is apparent. A majestic chandelier, seemingly comprised of thousands of white silk strings, hangs from the ceiling. Shifting projections give life to the prop, causing it to flicker, dance, and change color. A circle of light with smudged beams of color radiating outward mimics...

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On the Quest for Spiritual Spaces: zoe | juniper Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
12/12/2017
BOMB Magazine
Dancer and choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual/media artist Juniper Shuey have been creating serious stage magic under the moniker zoe | juniper for the past thirteen years. Based in Seattle, they are familiar to New York audiences, thanks to regular performances at progressive venues. As they gear up...

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IMPRESSIONS: Marjani Forté’s “Memoir of a... Unicorn” at the Collapsable Hole
11/27/2017
The Dance Enthusiast
While walking through Marjani Forté’s performance installation at the Collapsable Hole, a basement art gallery in Westbeth, literary magical realism comes to mind. (Later, I learn this connection more accurately reflects Forté’s fascination with Afrofuturism and science fiction). Memoir of a . . ....

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East Side, West Side: Lighting the Way, Darkly
11/17/2017
The New York Times
Ms. Forté-Saunders is enacting her own private drama, which leads her into one unusual place after another. One section occurs in a low tunnel or cellar, with the audience peering in; in another, she’s performing amid an array of sharp spikes that project horizontally from a wall. She ends seated...

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Marjani Forté-Saunders: The story we've always known
11/17/2017
Infinite Body
Memoirs of a… Unicorn–a breathtaking work by dance soloist Marjani Forté-Saunders–fills the Westbeth underground now known as The Collapsable Hole. The space is rough, roomy, multi-leveled, multi-surfaced and multifaceted. You enter and look around, dreaming of all the talented artists who might dare to try it. But for now, presented by New York...

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Review: Bending It Like Bharatanatyam
11/06/2017
The New York Times
“I struggle with English,” the dancer Preeti Vasudevan told an audience at New York Live Arts on Thursday, speaking eloquently in English. The problem, she explained, was a physical one, the sense of an unbridgeable distance between her and us.

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A Moving Meditation on Context
11/02/2017
The Brooklyn Rail
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s A Letter to My Nephew is a study in personal and historical layers. The BAM Harvey Theater, where the piece was performed as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival, is gilded and rich in adornment, yet weathered around the edges. Jones’s Letter is similar, simultaneously grand and...

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With “Stories by Hand,” Preeti Vasudevan Strives for the Intimacy of a Living Room
11/01/2017
The Village Voice
When Preeti Vasudevan, a native of Chennai (formerly Madras), India, who’s lived in the United States for more than twenty years, announced that she was presenting a solo performance on the huge New York Live Arts stage, I worried that she wouldn’t be able to command the enormous space all...

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#SpeakingInDance: Not Your Usual Bharatanatyam
11/01/2017
The New York Times
The dancer and choreographer Preeti Vasudevan is paring down in her new autobiographical solo, “Stories by Hand,” at @nylivearts this week. She’s trained in the Indian classical dance form of #Bharatanatyam, but she won’t be wearing any ornate silks or bells.

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In The Studio: Preeti Vasudevan Brings Personal Influences to Traditional Bharatanatyam
10/31/2017
Dance Magazine
Award-winning choreographer Preeti Vasudevan has been praised for the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary elements of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) she implements in her work. We ventured to New York Live Arts where Vasudevan will be performing her new work, titled Stories By Hand, later this week.

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