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Graveyards and Gardens

Showing on Jan 28–29

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Vanessa Goodman (Canada) & Caroline Shaw (USA)

Two artists construct an entire album before your eyes in this live-streamed experiential performance, which features a fusion of dance and music so unique as to be revelatory.

With this work, Vanessa Goodman and Caroline Shaw offer many pleasures, but two are of special note. Firstly, there is the chance to see a visual and sonic album emerge before one’s eyes: what these two artists make will live on, and this live-streamed genesis is, among other things, a powerful display of the creative process. The second pleasure is a unique, revelatory melding of movement and sound. In Graveyards and Gardens, what is heard and what is seen do not merely complement each other, as they might in more conventional dance performance; instead, they are fused in such a way as to make their effects seem indistinguishable.

The performance takes place among 400 feet of orange sound cables and an arrangement of plants—nature and technology being another synthesis the artists explore. Things begin with a long passage featuring an array of sounds—some come from tape decks, some from a record player, some from old Edison wax recordings. This auditory wash slowly diminishes until only one part is left; the energy then shifts, and dance mixes with music until they become one. Entrancing, enveloping, and ultimately liberating in its innovations, this is experiential art at its best.

A talkback will take place on Thursday, January 28 at 8:30 p.m. PST, following the second performance of Graveyards and Gardens, facilitated by Peter Dickinson. Everyone is welcome to attend!

An event link for the talkback will be added to this section on Jan 28, 2021.

Artist Bio

Vanessa Goodman (Canada)

Vanessa Goodman is the Artistic Director of the Action at a Distance Dance Society. In her work, she uses dance and choreography to explore humanity in all its complexity—and to expand the range of possibilities for artistic inquiry. From working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to producing for Kanye West, musician Caroline Shaw has covered a lot of territory in her career; what unify her creations are the spirit of adventure and the desire to innovate.

Caroline Shaw (USA)

Caroline Shaw has covered a lot of territory in her career; what unify her creations are the spirit of adventure and the desire to innovate.



This performance will be streamed online through Music on Main. Once you purchase your ticket you will receive further communication directly from Music on Main to attend the performance.


January 28–29, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


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Thursday, Jan 28, 2021 & Friday, Jan 29, 2021 | Livestream | 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (PST)

Caroline Shaw, composer, voice & violin
Vanessa Goodman, choreographer

Tickets from $15.

For more details please visit: www.musiconmain.ca/graveyards-and-gardens



CO-PRODUCED by Goodman and Shaw PRESENTED BY Music on Main and PuSh Festival CO-COMMISSIONING PARTNERS Music on Main and EMPAC CREATED WITH the generous support from The Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Lēna, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Action at a Distance, SFU Woodwards and COV.

This presentation has been generously supported by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.