Scapegoat Garden’s rootedness in collaborative process most often manifests within the circle of movement practitioners in the studio. We have been fortunate to work with dance/movement artists who participate in development of a performance work over the course of months or years. However, on occasion we are able to engage in extended partnerships with other artists or groups, offering us the opportunity to more deeply test the intersection of dance with other disciplines …
The term reaction bubble refers to the ways social and physical distance between people correlate, as outlined in Proxemics (public space, social space, personal space and intimate space). This project has unfold over the next 3 years, and will manifest as an interdisciplinary, interactive installation and performance entitled Reaction Bubble at Real Art Ways in March 2017. The project is led by the multimedia duo LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and involves a collaboration between Hartford-based ceramicist Matt Towers and Scapegoat Garden’s Deborah Goffe. Reaction Bubble is made possible through generous initial funding from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
In this multimedia performance of her award winning debut collection of poetry, Elana Bell brings her heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her transformative poems and performance invoke characters inexorably linked to the land of Israel and Palestine, and examines the complexity of their relationships to the land—as Biblical homeland, Zionist dream, modern state, and occupied territory. In this work, Elana collaborates with Katie Down (live music/sound design), Scapegoat Garden’s Deborah Goffe and Jennifer Cormier (choreography and live dance), under the direction of Annie Levy.
In times like these, we need art that is willing to hold the complexities and layers of human experience. When violence starts, our hearts tend to harden or close out of fear, but these are precisely the moments when we need to open, to hold our own narrative alongside that of “the other,” to come together knowing that in the wake of this, we are all suffering deeply, and to ask what we can do together to create a new reality. I created this performance piece to bring the poems in Eyes, Stones to life in a visceral and immediate way. As a poet and performer, this is the project I am most proud of. ~Elana Bell