Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodman

Graveyards and Gardens

Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodman

Graveyards and Gardens (working title) is a collaborative installation created and performed by composer Caroline Shaw and choreographer Vanessa Goodman with lighting design by James Proudfoot.

Co-produced by Shaw and Goodman, this new work examines memory as a process of reconstruction rather than an exact recall of fixed events, embracing the various elaborations, distortions, and omissions. The duet frames an immersive performative environment through focusing on the body as a chamber for both sound and movement. Regeneration and deconstruction of materials, body and sound frame this performative experience. Graveyards and Gardens examines the overlapping themes around human, ecological and technological memories.

Main Image: Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodman. Courtesy the artists.

Program Notes



Presented By

EMPAC Fall 2020



January 28-29, 2021

Production Credits

Graveyards and Gardens is produced by Vanessa Goodman & Caroline Shaw. Co-Presented by Music on Main and Push, Brian Webb Dance, New Works Music Calgary and Springboard Dance.


Supported in part by Action at a Distance, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, CCOV, Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.

EMPAC Fall 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media. Additional project support by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; New Music USA; CCS Bard; Creative Capital; the Graham Foundation; and the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.