Cave Dogs brings together visual artists, musicians, puppeteers, and storytellers in the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration. The performances consist of innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast onto a screen from props, costumes, puppets and the human body.
Cast shadows move in concert with projected video imagery, spoken narrative, and an original soundtrack. High intensity, hand held lights create dynamic, unusual and distorted shadows of varying scale onto a translucent scrim. The mobility of the light source allows Cave Dogs to create multiple, richly layered visual tableaus, and produce effects that conjure both the dreamlike quality of early experimental film and the humor of contemporary animation.
The text, visuals, and sound track of our performances together make up a rich artifact that documents and celebrates important cultural voices, social identities and environmental perspectives.
Cave Dogs work involves combining movement, form, manipulated light and shadow to explore the process of creating unusual and surprising visual effects and produce imagery that consistently delights and challenges the viewer. We use scale to create complex dynamics between objects, the figure and the audience. We use images to enhance meaning in sound. We coax trees to grow and teach whales to sing.
Cave Dogs performances include:
International venues – The Centre for the Less Good Idea , founded by William Kentridge, and the Sibikwa Arts Centre, both in Johannesburg, SA. The Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden, Akademiet For Utæmmet Kreativitet-AFUK, (Academy for Untamed Creativity) & Akademiet For Moderne Cirkus-AMoC, Copenhagen, Denmark, the St. Petri Cathedral; Malmo Festivalen, Sweden; The Grand Ol & Mat Art Space, Malmo, Sweden and Nordlys Friskole in Copenhagen, Denmark.
New York venues – The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, FringeNYC- 14th Street Y; the Art Directors Club Gallery-NYC; HERE; P.S. 122; Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Art Center; Back Stage Productions, Kingston; – TheatreROCS Stage, Rochester Fringe Festival; O+ Festival, Kingston; the Holmes Theater, Alfred University; Garrison Art Center, the Brydcliffe Theater, Woodstock; the Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College; the Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie; Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale; The Performing Arts Center, Stone Ridge; the Comeau Property, Woodstock; the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale, and the Studley and McKenna Theaters at SUNY New Paltz.
Boston, Massachusetts venues – Mobius; the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center; Massachusetts College of Art; Boston University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Other venues – the New Orleans Fringe Festival; PortFringe at Space Gallery, Portland, ME; and The Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, ME.