Friday, Apr 02, 2021 7:30p -
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Art, Performing Arts, Virtual & Streaming
Sound Shadows EP Digital Listening Party: banjo, stepdance, & folk ballads with Veronica Barron, Julia Friend, & Rebecca McGowan + guests
About this Event:
Presented by the Dance Complex, Veronica Barron, Julia Friend, and Rebecca McGowan invite you to hear the release of their new EP, an intimate soundscape exploring domestic and feminine space through traditional music, puppetry, and percussive dance.
SOUND SHADOWS was originally created as a theatrical dance concert, developed in part during The Dance Complex's CATALYSTS Residency—an interdisciplinary work that combines the artistry of singer, shadow puppeteer, and dancer VERONICA BARRON, banjo player and ballad singer JULIA FRIEND, and Irish and percussive dancer REBECCA MCGOWAN. “A compelling piece of art” —Dance Informa
In this digital "listening party" you'll hear the Sound Shadows album—also available for preorder at veronicabarron.bandcamp.com—as well as works by GUEST ARTISTS:
—ROSALIE IRISH NORRIS: dancer ~ digital artist ~ School of Honk Dance co-founder ~ Gold Dust Orphan alum. Digital dance shorts created in the home. https://www.instagram.com/rosalie.irish.norris/
—CALLIE CHAPMAN: dancer ~ digital media artist ~ choreographer ~ Studio@550 organizer ~ arts advocacy & community making. http://calliechapman.com/
—MADELEINE JUBILEE SAITO; comics poetry ~ poetry comics ~ watch an original work of art unfold live on screen, inspired by Sound Shadows, as Madeleine draws live. madeleinejubileesaito.net
—PREORDER THE SOUND SHADOWS EP: http://veronicabarron.bandcamp.com
SOUND SHADOWS: FROM THE ARTISTS
"Two years ago, we three friends—a banjo player/singer, an Irish step dancer, and a puppeteer/dancer/folk singer, created a live show to explore the intersection of our disciplines. Supported by a Catalysts Residency at the Dance Complex, we created Sound Shadows, a 20-minute theatrical concert that uses dance and shadow puppetry to reveal the mechanics of our musicianship and invite our audience into our creative experience. Our mission is to use multiple art forms to direct audiences to hear and see things through fresh eyes/ears. Can we use visual imagery to make audiences hear nuances that they might otherwise miss? Can we combine the familiar and the novel in a way that changes peoples' perspectives?
The thematic material of our show is domestic and feminine, set around a kitchen table, with shadow-theater portraits on the wall and songs about marriage, love, & escape. We aim to inspire audiences to see this world as nuanced and worthy of attention.
When our second round of live shows were canceled due to COVID, we decided to remotely record a 7- track EP album version. The recording process has changed our toolkit. We use nuances like the squeak of dance shoes and the vocal texture revealed through an intimately placed mic to direct the listener’s attention. We include footsteps approaching the mic, the clatter of a teacup, to conjure the physical space in which the music was made.
Our recording is an invitation into a space, not just an auditory experience. It is an auditory hug in a time of isolation."