Dance Department

Events, Spring 2015


Friday, March 6 @ 7 pm @ PAB Performance Lab, free and open to the public.

Reservations highly recommended:

This event is supported by the Mellon Fund for Dance Programming and the Reed College Dance Department.

SOLO(s) is a multi-media, multi-pronged performance and dance-on-film project by choreographer/visual artist Mary Sheldon Scott with composer Jarrad Powell. SOLO(s) is designed as a mutable project that can be broken into parts, transposed from stage to site-specific locations to screen and reassembled in new orders and new forms. Ultimately SOLO(s) is a LAB that allows for experimentation and development from multiple creative points of view, allowing each artist challenge their own creative process and interests. For this performance, dancers Linsyanne Owen and Corrie Befort perform Solos 1 & 2. Also on the program is a work-in-progress Scott has created for seven members of Reed’s Dance Performance Ensemble.

Mary Sheldon Scott (Choreographer & Visual Artist) has been researching movement, exploring visual media, and creating innovative performance works for over 40 years. In 1993 Scott began working in a dedicated collaboration with nationally renowned composer Jarrad Powell, and in 1994 they formed Scott/Powell Performance to explore their interest in the intersection of movement, sound, and visual territories.

Scott’s choreographic work has been presented through On the Boards/Seattle, Dance Theater Workshop/NYC, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s T:BA Festival, the Myrna Loy Center/Helena, The Southern Theater/Minneapolis, Western Washington University/Bellingham, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Celebrate Seattle Festival, Velocity Dance Center/Seattle, Composer/Choreographer, among other venues. Projects of Scott/Powell have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network/Creation Fund, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Artist Trust, 4Culture/King County, the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs/City of Seattle, and was awarded three Centrum creative residencies.

Scott teaches creative process, choreography, improvisation, and performance practice, and has been a guest faculty member at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, and Velocity Dance Center. Her visual research has incorporated printmaking, bookbinding, drawing, painting, set design, costume design, digital design, animation, and video. Her current practice focuses on the development of human maps and anthropomorphic landscapes using painting and drawing techniques on canvas, paper and wood. 

Scott holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1990), and studied additionally at Reed College, University of Oregon, University of Denver, and Cornish College of the Arts.

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