Graveyards and Gardens

Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodman: Graveyards and Gardens

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 – SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023
FEI & MILTON WONG EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE | 149 W HASTINGS STREET | Google map
Doors at 7:00PM | Performances starts at 7:30PM

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featuring:
Caroline Shaw, composer & performer
Vanessa Goodman, choreographer & performer
James Proudfoot, lighting design
Eric Chad & Kate De Lorme, audio design


“There was not a single moment that wasn’t perfect.”

Audience Member

Movement and sound meld together.

Graveyards and Gardens is an unforgettable performance installation conceived, created and performed by composer Caroline Shaw and choreographer Vanessa Goodman.

A stage is filled with lights and cables, plants and turntables. Things begin 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.

Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and Chrystal Dance Prize winner Vanessa Goodman are two artists at the height of their power. Following the World Premiere Livestream of Graveyards and Gardens in January 2021, Music on Main is thrilled to partner with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs to bring this dazzling artistry to center stage.

Graveyards and Gardens has been performed live in Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, and Germany and the outstanding reviews are in:

It’s a living album that continues to fold and unfold into itself. Digging deep into the beauty of how the body remembers” (Nicole Mion, contemporary artist and curator).

This April, discover a live performance that is entrancing, enveloping, and ultimately liberating. It’s experiential art at its best.

Graveyards and Gardens is co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.

Graveyards and Gardens’ Presenting Sponsor is The McGrane – Pearson Endowment Fund.

Co-commissioned by 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 Cultural Programing Unit, The Scotiabank Dance Centre and CCOV.